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The Ledge (2011)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  26 May 2011 (Belarus)
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A police officer looks to talk down a young man lured by his lover's husband to the ledge of a high rise, where he has one hour to contemplate a fateful decision.

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A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, as a test of faith, or lack of it, the believer forces the non-believer onto the ledge of a tall building. He then has one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else's. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice? Written by Foresight

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ledge | christian | atheist | police | guitar | See more »

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One life. One chance. One step.

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,176 (USA) (8 July 2011)

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$5,176 (USA) (8 July 2011)
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The film's premise is somewhat similar of the Stephen King short story, also called "The Ledge". See more »

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During the title credits in the beginning of the movie, it shows the night till next day morning, but the clock of the church shows steady time 8.55 during entire scene. See more »

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Gavin Nichols: [after Shana tells Gavin she and Joe are going to a new church that does missionary work in Uganda, that's against smoking, drinking, immodest dress for women and secular music]
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Gavin Nichols: Jesus Christ. Restrings your guitar one day, stops you from playing it the next.
Shana Harris: You're so flippant, aren't you? You have no idea what it's like to lose everything and to try and put it all back together again.
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Referenced in Conan: An Atheist Named Faith (2011) See more »

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Written by Jonathan Spottiswoode (ASCAP)
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Good, but not the "Atheist Brokeback Mountain."
17 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think the harsh criticisms of the film are outright ridiculous—along with the excessive accolades. From a basic film critique: The Ledge definitely delivers on maintaining tension/suspense. I think the subtleties here (e.g., Liv Tyler's anti-make-up "make-up") will cause people to feel uncomfortable, but without knowing that it's all intentional.

There is a massive delusion among Christians that fundamentalism and religiously inspired bigotry only manifest in a small percentage of extremists. This just isn't true. If it was, I'd feel dramatically safer and more comfortable in public discussing atheism with a stranger!

The atmosphere is very realistic, and the uncomfortable (at times) dialog is accurate to the reality of proselytism in the guise of philosophical discussion. The movie even captures how many atheists feel when observing prayer, and this is very rare to see in the spot light.

I really wasn't convinced by any of the characters' back-stories. They seemed unnecessarily extreme in a movie that is driven by its subtleties. They really contrasted with the rest of the writing, and broke the illusion of realism. I also didn't find the acting convincing on this level. In particular: Given Shauna's history, she seemed to be unrealistically open and trusting towards Gavin—their interactions felt a bit contrived and very rushed.

Unfortunately the film doesn't explore its topics at much depth, while presenting more rudimentary/common arguments. However, this only added realism to the dialog for me. I feel it has more intellectually to offer symbolically than literally.

The Ledge displays a psychological perspective of an atheist through its atmosphere, and that alone makes it unique and worth seeing.


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