The Edge is unusual film fare. Take a group of city
sophisticates on an unusual fashion shoot and dump them in the
Alaskan wilderness to survive. That's just the appetizer. One of
the survivors is a billionaire businessman extraordinaire. Not
only is he a money making machine, he's a walking encyclopedia
of minutiae. Another survivor is a hip fashion photographer,
who's star model is also the gorgeous wife of, you guessed it,
the wilderness and each other. ©Fox
Anthony Hopkins plays billionaire Charles Morse with more than
enough polish and certainty to be convincing, though there are
times when his physicality is less than inspiring. Alec Baldwin
is the photographer Robert Green. While Baldwin may not fit the
stereotype of a fashion photographer, he's terrific in The
Edge. Baldwin is at his very best when most vulnerable in
this film. Elle MacPherson adds some real glamour to the picture
and L.Q. Jones has some nice interplay with Hopkins.
Directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were
Warriors, Mulholland Falls), The Edge features
glistening nature photography by
Don McAlpine, worthy of a
fashion shoot, and some very ferocious animal confrontation
scenes. There's some repetition in the tale and when The Edge
makes it's last big move, a measure of honesty seems to deflate
its effectiveness, but it's a very entertaining film. The
prolific Jerry Goldsmith turns in another pulsing and exciting
Fox has turned out a handsome DVD from
the beautifully shot source material. Images are very sharp
without creating a mess of artifacts. Color fidelity is
excellent. The green forests are rich in depth and the black
nights are lit perfectly by fire's glow . The Dolby Digital 5:1
surround mix is excellent. Man, when that bear comes charging
out of the trees, look out.
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