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Despite an electrifying performance by William H. Macy, David Mamet's one-act morality play translates poorly into a film that is overburdened by dialogue. Read critic reviews

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Seemingly mild-mannered businessman Edmond Burke (William H. Macy) visits a fortuneteller and hears a remark that spurs him to leave his wife abruptly and seek what is missing from his life. Encounters with strangers and unsavory people weaken the barriers encompassing his long-suppressed rage, until Edmond explodes in violence.

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  • Mar 20, 2014
    There isn't a lot of love for this film but I think it represents one of Macy's finest roles. In true Mamet fashion, the film is as much off its rocker as its main character but Macy takes us to dark places most effectively.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    "Edmond" is a real downer of a movie. There are no bright moments, no likable or developed characters, and practically every situation that Edmond gets himself into ends on a depressing note. Everything just keeps going from bad to worse, and because of this, "Edmond" can be overbearing at times. Watching it becomes something of a chore. And even though David Mamet incorporates his original dialogue style, it feels out-of-place amongst these characters. The only real reason to keep watching is William H. Macy, who delivers a frightening performance, and even then that isn't much of a reason. This simply isn't a good outing for anyone involved.
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  • Jan 18, 2012
    The cast really brings this play to life. Macy transforms from beginning to end, Julia Stiles crosses away from the teen dramas she had become known for, and Mena Suvari turns on a sex appeal far from her American Pie days. Though the dialogue is heavy, the performances are worth it.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2011
    This is the fifth Stuart Gordon film I've seen and it is in stark contrast to the majority of his other work. Most notably this isn't based on anything by H.P. Lovecraft. Secondly, while there is some blod shed, this never goes to the excesses of Re-Animator or even From Beyond. The violence here is subtle. It doesn't shy away from it but it isn't the center of this movie either. Instead this film is more character driven and held together by its ideas about violence. William H. Macy stars as Edmond Burke, in this screenplay adapted from David Mamets play. Edmond is bored with his white collar job and his loveless marriage. One night he snaps and decides to leave, throwing himself head first into the seedy New york sex trade. Going to stripclubs, peepshows and massage parlours, whilst embracing the racism and violence that is boiling over within him. A good 'man on the edge' film that features several small cameo appearance from people such as Joe Mantegna, Julia Stiles, Mena Suvari and Denise Richards. Some reviewers have complained that this movie is boring, and I would have to disagree with that. I thought that Macy's performance was really good and managed to keep my interest throughout the film. While not a perfect work either, this is still a very good film from Stuart Gordon. Recommended to fans of his, or man on the edge films in general.
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