I've been curious about "The Ledge" for awhile now, mostly based on it's killer premise: A Christian Fundamentalist traps an avowed Atheist in a Jigsaw-esque mindgame - if the Atheist doesn't jump to his death from a skyscraper ledge within a certain amount of time, the Fundamentalist will kill someone else in his place; his idea being to "prove" the moral-inferiority of Atheism by showing that said Atheist will be less willing to lay down his life without the promise of an afterlife to reassure him.
Unfortunately, the trailer seems to display a dissapointing though unsurprising dodge on the "bite" of the premise...
So... apparently, what's "really" bugging the bad guy is that the Atheist in question had an affair with his wife.
Sigh. This will live or die by the acting, either way, but it's endlessly frustrating (and I'm NOT an Atheist) that movies about Religion-as-pathology always need to add "something else" to be the "real" reason for the psychosis. How much darker/scarier/edgier a premise would it be to just SAY what a lot of people already know - that "harmless" sincere-to-the-point-of-creepy spiritual faith is NOT all that far removed, psychologically, from a full-on dangerous break with reality and sometimes people's switches just "flip?" The notion that Ned Flanders is one misfired-synapse away from Norman Bates is creepier, to me, than "don't sleep with a crazy guy's wife."
Incidentally, looking at the reaction this around the web, this trailer ALSO provides a handy way to test the "worth-my-time-ness" of your aquaintances: If you show this to someone and their first reaction is along the lines of "Ugh! Always picking on the Christians! Why couldn't it have been a MUSLIM, everyone knows they do more of this stuff!", that person is probably not worth taking very seriously.