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Cinema: Man On a ledge - Ulterior objective

 - Thursday, 15 March 2012, 00:00

When former NYPD officer-turned-prison escapee Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington, Avatar & Clash of the Titans) enters the famed Roosevelt Hotel on 45th & Madison in New York City, heads to one of the highest floor and steps out onto the ledge, he threatens more than just his own well-being. A whole city is about to seize up, including some very nervous people with some very big secrets.

Ex-cop Cassidy‘s heart-stopping decision to stand on the ledge of a high-rise building creates not only a media firestorm, but a delicate situation for hard-living New York Police Department negotiator Lydia Spencer (Elizabeth Banks, The Next Three Days & Zack and Miri Make a Porno), who tries to talk him down while dealing with a departmental rival (Edward Burns, Nice Guy Johnny & 27 Dresses) who believes she has a conflict of interest. But the longer Lydia spends trying to get to the root of Cassidy’s predicament, the more she realises he could have an ulterior objective.

Might it have something to do with the mysterious project his brother and ardent supporter (Jamie Bell, The Adventures of Tintin & Billy Elliot) is working on with his girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez, Casa di mi Padre) while Cassidy bides his time on the ledge? Or with the efforts Cassidy’s best friend on the force (Anthony Mackie, Real Steel & The Hurt Locker) is making to help get him down? Or with the behind-closed-doors dealings of a powerful businessman (four-time Oscar® nominee Ed Harris, Pollock & A Beautiful Mind)? As more pieces of the puzzle are revealed over the course of Cassidy’s bold stunt, suddenly the story of one disgraced cop trying to prove his innocence becomes something decidedly more eye-opening. Eventually the stakes become more dangerous than the prospect of one man on one ledge simply losing his balance.

In the propulsive, twisty action thriller Man On A Ledge, director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) takes a naturally heart-pounding scenario and delivers a twisty, nail-biting thriller about the risk a desperate man with few options is willing to take to clear his name. How far would you step out if your life was on the line?

Man On A Ledge is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Red, Transformers, Salt) and Mark Vahradian (Red); executive producers are Jake Myers and David Ready (Red). The screenplay was written by Pablo F. Fenjves (The Affair).

Paul Cameron (Man on Fire) is the Director of Photography and the Production Designer is Alec Hammond (Red). Kevin Stitt (X-Men) is the Editor and Susan Lyall (Red, The Beaver) serves as Costume Designer.

Classification 12

Shame - Out of control

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York balancing a busy job and active social life.

When the wayward Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon’s carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control.

From award winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

Classification 18

This Means War - Falling for the same woman

Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends… until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foster, better known as FDR (Pine), is handsome, suave, and self-assured, and possesses a preternatural ability to attract beautiful women. His best friend and partner James, better known as Tuck (Hardy), is ruggedly good-looking and dangerous, but not nearly as skilled at romantic matters. Together, their unrivaled flair, formidable covert abilities, and good looks, make them the best of the best among CIA agents. But FDR and Tuck’s longstanding personal and professional bond is put to the test when they unwittingly begin dating the same woman.

That would be Lauren Scott (Witherspoon), a senior product evaluator for a leading consumer advocate publication. She has a far-reaching knowledge of products ranging from ovens to smartphones, and is a skilled leader at her workplace. What Lauren is not good at is meeting men, until her best pal Trish (Chelsea Handler) takes matters into her own hands and signs Lauren to an on-line dating service – which Tuck had recently, and reluctantly, joined.

Tuck and Lauren’s first date is full of sparks and promise. After they say their goodbyes, Lauren wanders into a video store, where, coincidentally, FDR is looking for yet another romantic conquest. Unaware that Lauren has just met Tuck, FDR is intrigued when she blows off his advances. Lauren ultimately gives in to his charming “won’t-take-no-for-an-answer” tactics, and agrees to a date.

Lauren can’t believe her good luck. She’s gone from being alone to dating two gorgeous, perfect men. Meanwhile, the guys are quick to realize they’re deeply attracted to the same woman and their competitive instincts kick in. Ground rules are established. May the best man win. Friends become foes, and every covert trick in the book is deployed.

This means trouble. This means war. “This Means War is about two of the world’s top spies who’ve been partners and best friends for many years. Through a series of circumstances even they couldn’t anticipate, they fall in love with the same woman,” says producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg. “FDR and Tuck decide they’re both going to date Lauren and see which one she chooses. As each begins to fall for Lauren, they get increasingly competitive and employ their spy tactics and techniques to sabotage each other. Lauren, who just wanted to find the right guy, has no idea that FDR and Tuck are waging war for her love.”

The “spy against spy” storyline – what happens when two best friends who have incredible skill sets turn on each other – is integral to the film’s humor and action. At the same time, director McG wanted these bigger than life situations to be relatable. “We wanted to present that in a way that felt very credible,” says the Charlie’s Angels and Terminator: Salvation helmer. “We weren’t interested in making a spoof. And I liked taking advantage of Tuck’s and FDR’s ‘Alpha’ characteristics. I would ask, if James Bond encountered [Mission: Impossible protagonist] Ethan Hunt, would they have a great deal of respect for each other? Of course they would. But would one ever acquiesce to the other? No way. Each man recognizes the skill of the other but at the end of the day, each is betting on himself. And that is a great engine for a movie.”

Classification 14

Intruders - Terrifying being

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto, 28 Weeks Later) directs Intruders, a disturbing film in which reality and imagination mingle and overlap. Juan (Izán Corchero) and Mia (Ella Purnell), two children living in different countries, are visited each night by a faceless intruder, a terrifying being who wants to take possession of them.

The presences become more powerful and begin to dominate theirs and their families’ lives. The anxiety and tension increase when their parents also witness those apparitions.

The film stars Clive Owen (Children of Men, Derailed) as John Farrow and Carice Van Houten (Repo Men, Black Book) as Sue Farrow, Mia’s parents, and Pilar López De Ayala (Juana la Loca, Lope) as Luisa, Juan’s mother. The cast is completed by Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as Father Antonio, Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) as Dr. Rachel and Héctor Alterio (Son of the Bride) in a cameo role.

The film’s producers are Enrique López-Lavigne (28 Weeks Later, The Impossible), Belén Atienza (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Impossible) and Mercedes Gamero (Planet 51, Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis). Jesús De La Vega (Hierro, The 2 Sides of the Bed) and Ricardo G. Arrojo (Planet 51, To Hell with the Ugly, Julia’s Eyes) serve as Executive Producers. The script is by Nico Casariego (Tú qué harías por amor?) and Jaime Marques (Takers).

The key crew are director of photography Enrique Chediak (28 Weeks Later, 127 Hours, Repo Men, Charlie St. Cloud); production designer Alain Bainée (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Suspicious Minds); editor Nacho Ruiz Capillas (Agora, The Others); costume designer Tatiana Hernández (Lope, The Way), and composer Roque Baños (Alatriste, Celda 211).

Classification 16

Films are released by KRS

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