Edge of Winter (2016)
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Critic Reviews for Edge of Winter
Not much new here, but there are solid performances and you have to admire cast and crew for shooting amid some challenging surroundings in snowy Sudbury.
This film will be remembered (if at all) as one of the things Holland did before he was Spider-Man.
Suicide Squad survivor Joel Kinnaman is aces in this otherwise iffy survival thriller.
Director Rob Connolly (who co-wrote the script with Kyle Mann) has an understated but sharply honed visual sense that keeps the drama taut and engaging throughout.
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Has potential, but doesn't really go anywhere.
What is it with future superhero actors and winter movies? Granted, I only have three examples (J-Law in "Winter's Bone", and Tom Holland/Joel Kinnaman in this). So, maybe don't set your watch by that. However, while "Edge of Winter" maintains a much more straightforward narrative than "Winter's Bone", it certainly keeps the same style of tension. Joel Kinnaman runs through a slow-burning but climactic arc in an attempt to hold on to his anger, masculinity, and fatherhood - which are all inextricably linked. It is an interesting character study that only occasionally reveals any cracks in his performance. The film is short enough that if I went into much further detail I would give away the plot, if that is any testament to how quickly it seems to rush by. The Canadian wilderness looks to be a popular place to shoot these days, no doubt because it is a beautiful, bleak landscape in which to lose sometimes thinly drawn characters. Fortunately, this small cast managed to make a convincing trudge through the horrors of the psyche and the callousness of survival. As a final note, I couldn't help but think Tom Holland looks like a less douchey Josh Hutcherson.
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