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Awesome: 11.36%
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Pretty Bad: 18.18%
Total Crap: 11.36%

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Edge, The (1997)
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by Ryan Arthur

"Stalked by a bear?"
4 stars

Mamet. Hopkins. Cool.

Directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors and Mulholland Falls) with a script by David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross), this movie is actually pretty good.

Anthony Hopkins is a bit of a bookworm. He know obscure facts about damn near everything. He's also got a trophy wife in Elle MacPherson, who may or may not be shagging Alec Baldwin. Baldwin and Hopkins get stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash, and Hopkins thinks Baldiwn's going to kill him to get the girl. They end up begrudgingly helping each other survive the elements (using Hopkins' accumulated knowledge) and a series of attacks by a bear who appears to be stalking them.

The setup is interesting, and the locales are exquisite. But it is the dialogue that Mamet has written and that Hopkins and Baldwin give life to that make it worthwhile. They banter, they curse, and it's all believeable (the talk, not the part about the bear). The characters evolve over the course of the film, with Hopkins becoming not so much of an introvert and not afraid to use his abilities to survive, regardless of how it may make him seem like an oddity in front of others.

The Edge, despite a shaky premise, is actually a decent flick, carried by the performances of the leads and the dialogue by Mamet.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

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User Comments

3/27/08 Monday Morning Good movie....great bear. 5 stars
5/11/07 steve newman Scenery was fantastic - film was ok, 30 minutes too long and predictable 3 stars
2/24/06 TB Great Lost movie 4 stars
11/17/05 ALDO Overlooked badass survival movie. People who don't like it can whack off to Citizen Kane 5 stars
10/06/05 Gavin Liked it very much.Good story & good acting by Hopkins and Baldwin in magnificent scenery 5 stars
8/30/05 ES CGI landscape? Baldwin and Hopkins in a movie that tries too hard to be epic 3 stars
7/28/05 Quigley The bear was insane! Hopkins totally rules in this good survival movie 5 stars
4/08/04 da hood in real life, that bear would have fucked them all up! horseshit! 1 stars
3/22/04 john fighting a Bear with sharpened sticks? Mamet obviously Mamet doesn't get out much. 2 stars
1/31/04 john bale Tony & Alec Survival Flick, Hopkins tries hard with nature, in this pedestrian thriller 3 stars
8/31/03 R.W. Welch None too likely survival-in-the-wild tale. Hopkins does what he can with it. 3 stars
5/12/03 Jack Bourbon I thought it was purty. 4 stars
4/08/03 Mystique I love nature! 4 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Spectacular scenery can't overcome a sodden screenplay. Acting is no more than functional. 2 stars
5/10/02 puviko very good 3 stars
6/06/01 I love movies The Brother Always Goes First 1 stars
11/03/00 Terrie Smith Nice cinematography but the film is predictable. Nothing new here. 3 stars
2/10/00 Ed Wood I thought it was terrific 5 stars
11/14/99 Jerry Good Movie 4 stars
8/02/99 beachlovr9 I thought it was pretty good. 4 stars
4/30/99 Lucas jackson This movie had good acters doing a shitty job and those ski lifts and trails were shitty 1 stars
8/30/98 Matt I was cheering for the bear 1 stars
8/28/98 Mister Whoopee I'd kill a guy to snatch Elle, but that doesn't mean this was a good film. Fair to middling 3 stars
8/25/98 Pete This movie kicks butt. Mamet wrote it, and Hopkins and Baldwin deliver his lines. 4 stars
8/23/98 Superfly Does shutting the movie off 20 minutes in count as seeing it? 1 stars
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