Asger Leth, best known for the political documentary Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006), isn't someone I expected to revive the taut, unpretentious crime filmmaking that flourished in 1950s Hollywood, but this noirish thriller is as self-knowingly ludicrous and thoroughly enjoyable as Fritz Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt or While the City Sleeps. A former cop (Sam Worthington), sent up the river by an evil tycoon (Ed Harris), escapes from prison and stages the title suicide attempt as part of a plot to rob his nemesis. Leth moves lightly and briskly, streamlining the weird material into something elemental and true; he's also assembled a knockout supporting cast, showcasing Anthony Mackie, Ed Burns (well-used for once, as an arrogant police detective), and Jamie Bell (exuberant and highly physical as the hero's brother and partner in crime).
Director: Asger Leth
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Jake Myers and David Ready
Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Genesis Rodriguez, Ed Harris, Titus Welliver, Edward Burns and Kyra Sedgwick