Religion Bad, Atheism Good, Says Quasi-Thriller The Ledge
Before being tasked with talking down a suicide jumper, police officer Terrence Howard learns that he has always been sterileso whose kids has he been raising? Its a hokey subplot meant to supplement the phony clock-ticking suspense on the titular overhang of The Ledge. Its worth noting here that writer-director Matthew Chapmanwhose screenwriting credits include Runaway Jury and Color of Nightis the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, as his melodramatic and convoluted thriller is merely a vehicle for airing his atheist grudges. Lazily framed as a long-form flashback, godless hotel manager Charlie Hunnamthe actual star of the showrecalls to the devout Catholic cop why hes forced to stand two steps from doom: Its that horrible born-again Christian (Patrick Wilson), oppressive husband to Liv Tylers sad college-student wife. When our troubled young nonbeliever falls for Liv, the neighborly love triangle turns into an ugly theological debate between good guy Charlie and Wilsons gay-bashing, despicably self-righteous, utterly vindictive sociopath. Even if The Ledge couldnt be written off as a hollow polemic, theres also the lifeless drama, laughable dialogue, chintzy sets, and poor lighting to grapple with. Lord help us.
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