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R| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
After an atheistic neighbor (Charlie Hunnam) has an affair with his wife, a vengeful Fundamentalist forces the man to choose between killing himself or allowing someone else to die in his place.

Cast: Charlie Hunnam , Terrence Howard , Liv Tyler , Patrick Wilson , Jaqueline Fleming , Christopher Gorham , Jillian Batherson , Mike Pniewski

Director: Matthew Chapman

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Distributor: IFC Films

The Ledge (2011)

Release Date: July 8th, 2011|1 hr. 41 min.

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critic reviews ( 14 )
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • Though Wilson tries hard, none of the actors - including Terrence Howard as the detective who unravels this story in flashback is able to overcome the script's considerable deficiencies. show more

  • Charlie Hunnam and Terrence Howard put enough actors' oomph into these ledge mates to make them authentic characters even though the film fails to achieve anything like the same level of authenticity. show more

  • Getting a movie's setup right is one thing. But following through on an intriguing premise is the hard part, and that's where Matthew Chapman's The Ledge, a thriller that wrangles with intricate ideas about faith and religious extremism, goes splat. show more

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  • October 09, 2011 feliciashanimoore
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    I really enjoyed this film. Charlie Hunnam and Liv Tyler had amazing chemistry. The story was thought-provoking and heart-breaking.

  • August 17, 2011 rm00000000086948
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    I am in complete agreement with the previous post. This film was a major disappointment. This film is basically a vehicle for the directors problems with Christianity and traditional marriage.. Boring. Wooden. Slow. Waste of talent. it will make YOU want to jump.

  • July 08, 2011 rm00000000095138
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    Based on the Sundance Film Festival synopsis, I expected to see an edge-of-the-seat thriller, but instead found myself watching a two hour rant thinly disguised as a screenplay. In fact, writer/director Matthew Chapman simply could have put the lead character Gavin (Charlie Hunnam) behind a podium and spared us the artifice of the silly plot. I get it that Chapman has issues with fundamentalist Christianity, but Saturday Night Live could have handled it with more subtlety. The dialogue is stilted and contrived, the plot formulaic, and the actors\' (Hunnam, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler) performances are wooden. The characters are shallow stereotypes, and the conventions are cliche (.i.e. shaggy, cool atheist vs. clean-cut, twisted Christian.) Chapman as writer/director is a blunt instrument. Not even the gifted Terrence Howard as Detective Hollis could save the soul of this preachy film. Pass on this one.

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