Edison (Edison Force) Reviews
The movie is your basic cops gone bad with a news reporter seeking out the truth trying to expose those said cops. Although the story is not original, it is still good. I would see it again."
Oh, wait! One more thing. Isn't LL Cool J in Swat?
True Rating EE: Extreme Emulation
One line summary: First time actors and a poor script waste the efforts of the veteran actors.
Deed, Lazerov, and Tilman work on the Edison Force, an elite crime stopping unit. Ashford, who used to be well-regarded reporter, runs a publication of only modest reputation. Ashford faults Pollack early on for not backing up his opinions with facts; not so long later, he fires Pollack.
Pollack is interested in showing that the Edison Force has done some shady work, but he does not seem to know how to do that. Even his girlfriend Willow thinks that about him.
To get his career back on track, Pollack starts pursuing a particular case in which he thinks a man has been framed. The trail leads to exposure of corruption, reactive violence, and other discouraging results.
Will Pollack get his story substantiated and published?
Cinematography: 9/10 Good looking night filming as well as crisp daylight footage.
Sound: 8/10 Good for the most part.
Acting: 4/10 I have come to like LL Cool J in NCIS: Los Angeles, but his acting in this earlier work just did not cut it. Justin Timberlake did OK in the fluffy comedy Friends with Benefits, but in Edison Force and other dramatic roles, I did not care for his performance. Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, John Heard, and Piper Perabo seemed to be trapped inside this awful screenplay. Given a good screenplay and a skilled director, Dylan McDermott can give fine performances, but he had neither to rely on here. The worst part is that Timberlake's character is the center of the film.
Screenplay: 2/10 Given the budget of over 24 million USD, a better screenplay could have been obtained, but it was not. This is the second biggest weakness of the film.
+ Kevin Spacey
+ Justin Timberlake
- Morgan Freeman
- L.L. Cool J
Don't nobody say I'm racist.
The only redeeming quality this film does hold is the performance Dylan McDermott puts forth. He is brilliant as Lazerov. Just a complete nut case in this movie and made a believer out of me. LL Cool J is pretty bad in this film considering this was supposed to be his big starring role. He says every line the same way and shows pretty much the same emotion. He is capable of better.Justin Timberlake also "Can" be a capable actor, but here he is not very good. He looks blank during the really emotional scenes, and I just didn't buy his character at all. I will say that he has improved tremendously since this film. Morgan Freeman is classy and intriguing as usual, He does have a few great scenes, especially when he's interacting with Timberlake's character. Kevin Spacey is terribly wasted, and has virtually nothing to do. John Heard is fantastic Capt. Tillman, he's a terrific character actor. Cary Elwes as well. Roselyn Sanchez doesn't do much of anything and that's a shame. Piper Perabo also, nothing added besides her being around for an important plot point.
Edison is nothing more than a direct-to- DVD action'er inhabited by a few A-listers. Though far more watchable and entertaining than one might suggest, Edison remains highly disposable, forgettable and generic. There's nothing wrong with the movie at face value, but it's pure genre stuff, and clearly a paycheck effort for all involved. Fans of hardcore action flicks may find this an enjoyable evening of movie- watching. For those seeking something more substantive...move along, there's nothing to see here.
I would happily watch it again if I was bedridden and it was on cable.