The Edge (1997)
Critic Consensus: The Edge is an entertaining hybrid of brainy Mamet dialogue with brawny outdoors action -- albeit one that sadly lacks as much bite as its furry antagonist.
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Critic Reviews for The Edge
...The Edge's fusion of Mametspeak with a true life adventure remains brawny entertainment, even it it is difficult to take as seriously as the filmmakers intend.
But it's too predictable by half, and Mamet's profundities have more volume than mass.
Anthony Hopkins' first action movie casts him as a gentle, brainy tycoon stuck in the Alaskan wilderness with only voracious bears and, just as threatening, Alec Baldwin for company.
Mamet has always been concerned with primal masculinity...The test of these men is twofold: can they survive the wilderness, and can they survive each other? [Blu-ray]
Audience Reviews for The Edge
The Edge sees three men stranded in the wilderness. Used to the city life they might not last long, but luckily Hopkins has an eidetic memory and remembers quite a few survival techniques. Unfortunately there's also a big scary bear out to tear them apart. This is much more than a killer bear movie. What we have are wonderful characters, such as Hopkins as a charming billionaire with a young trophy wife and the ability to stay calm. He is also extremely paranoid over his younger wife and her relations with other men, such as photographer Baldwin. The conflict rises between the two and their mental battles and the way they also give each other hope, are just as thrilling as when our hairy friend comes to rip people apart. The film is also excellent to watch in this CGI filled world, as you see seemless footage between bear, animatronics, stuntmen, etc. The film sees very real, and would rather get you invested in what is going on, rather than give you cheap and easy chills and thrills. Hopkins and Baldwin are rarely better, and the climax opts for something other than bear battling. Overall a wonderful film with breathtaking views and wonderful dialogue courtesy of David Mamet.
Charles Morse: I once read an interesting bit. Most people who die in the woods die of shame.
"What if your greatest enemy was your only chance for survival?"
The Edge is a decent and really good looking survival thriller. The landscape is beautiful, but what keeps this film from completely failing are its two stars, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. Their performances aren't Oscar caliber stuff, but the film doesn't really call for that. Their jobs were to keep it entertaining and they were able to do that. It's just too bad that the overall film wasn't all that great. It was poorly paced and seemed a little uneven. For a survival thriller, though, it did what it needed to; it entertained.
A billionaire goes to Alaska with his beautiful, much younger wife and her photographer for a photo shoot. While staying a lodge, he, the photographer, and the photographers assistant go on a plan trip to find an Indian from a photo. The plane crashes and the three are left by themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. To make matters worse, there is a huge, man-eating bear stalking them. So, yeah, the plot is kind of stupid. There's a lot of scenes that are unintentionally hilarious. The film hits every cliche in the survival story book along the way, which actually adds to the enjoyment on some level.
There's nothing great going on here. It's an average thriller with a great actor. That's enough in this case though, because I wasn't expecting a masterpiece. I actually enjoyed the film for the most part. It was a fun ride through the Alaskan wilderness. There really isn't a whole lot more to say on the film. You might enjoy it, you might not. It's really based on how well you can take a dumb story, because it isn't as suspenseful as you would think and it isn't as thrilling. Still an overall fun movie.
Mamet penned adventure tale of survival as city boys get lost in the great outdoors ... and are hunted by a man-eating bear. Good performances throughout and a funny script keep things at a brisk pace. And did I mention the bear?
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