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- 1 hr 41 min
The Ledge is a thriller film directed by Matthew Chapman and released in 2011. It stars Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard, and Patrick Wilson. The storyline is centered around Gavin Nichols (played by Charlie Hunnam), who is standing on the ledge of a high-rise building. He is under the extreme pressure of an unknown person who wants him to jump off the ledge. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Gavin's life is intertwined with those of the others in the building.
Police Officer Hollis Lucetti (played by Terrence Howard) is assigned to negotiate with Gavin and prevent him from jumping. He quickly realizes that there is more to this situation than meets the eye. Meanwhile, the building's owner, Joe Harris (played by Patrick Wilson), is involved in a relationship with Shana (played by Liv Tyler), the woman Gavin is trying to save.
Gavin is an atheist and regularly debates his beliefs with Joe, a devout Christian, who is opposed to Gavin jumping because he believes it goes against God's will. The discussion between the two drives the narrative, and their arguments create a fantastic intellectual backdrop to the film. Joe seems to believe that Gavin's jumping is the ultimate act of defiance against the natural order. On the other hand, Gavin argues that the act would be his own choice, driven by his experiences, beliefs, and, most importantly, his decision.
The film explores complex topics such as love, faith, justice, and morality representing the human condition as a whole. It showcases how our beliefs and life experiences shape our judgment and approach to tough issues.
As the story unfolds, we find out that Gavin has a hidden motive for standing on the ledge. He is trying to save Shana from Joe, who he believes to be an abusive partner (mentally, emotionally, and physically). He challenges Joe to save her himself, as he plans to jump. Meanwhile, Police Officer Lucetti digs further into the lives of the three characters, uncovering secrets, lies, and past tragedies.
What sets The Ledge apart from other thrillers is the emphasis on dialogue and character development. The pacing is slow, allowing the characters to flesh out into deep and almost spiritual identities. The acting is fantastic, and the chemistry between the characters is palpable even in moments of conflict.
In the end, The Ledge is a movie that makes us think about our own beliefs and how they form both our perception of ourselves and our approach to life's critical moments. It depicts how we can find unlikely allies during our most desperate moments as we all try to navigate the complexities of existence.
The Ledge is a 2011 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 34.