The Edge

1997

The Edge

Critics 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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Billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) accompanies his much-younger wife Mickey (Elle Macpherson) and a fashion photography team headed by Bob Green (Alec Baldwin) to a remote lodge in Alaska. Charles is a quiet, introspective man, fond of accumulating trivia and other facts in his encyclopedic mind; he is also troubled with the idea that Bob and Mickey may be lovers. Even though he suspects the younger man plans to kill him, Charles goes with Bob and his assistant Stephen (Harold Perrineau) on an airplane trip to find a photogenic friend (Gordon Tootoosis) of the lodge owner (L.Q. Jones), but the plane crashes in a lake, killing the pilot. The crash is miles from their planned path, so they can't expect to be spotted by an aerial search; there's only one chance: they have to walk to a more likely spot.Though Robert and Stephan are more physically fit, Charles' calm wit and ingenuity proves the key to their survival, especially after a ferocious bear brutally kills Stephen. Robert and Charles' odyssey becomes more urgent when they discover that the bear is now stalking them. ~ Bill Warren, Rovi

Cast

Anthony Hopkins
as Charles Morse
Alec Baldwin
as Robert Green
Elle Macpherson
as Mickey Morse
L.Q. Jones
as Styles
Mark Kiely
as Mechanic
Eli Gabay
as Jet Pilot
Larry Musser
as Amphibian Pilot
Brian Arnold
as Reporter
Kelsa Kinsly
as Reporter
Bob Boyd
as Reporter
Brian Steele
as Bear Double
Bart the Bear
as the bear
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Critic Reviews for The Edge

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (18)

Audience Reviews for The Edge

  • Jan 07, 2013
    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.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2012
    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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2011
    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?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2010
    Intense wilderness adventure, anchored by strong dual performances by Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, respectively. During my childhood(or at least from what I recall), I always hear about "The Edge's" inclusion of a grizzly bear and how impressive the animal's sequences were. That particular claim was certainly true, and believe it or not, without the abominable presence of the bear, the film's impact, in my opinion, would not have been that effective. Yes, "The Edge" is really about how an extramarital affair and its psychological implications would translate into the primitive idea of survival in the wilds, but ironically enough, it's also about an unexpected friendship found in that irreversible circumstance, especially for it to develop from two people with contrasting personalities and coming from different social status. The bear fight sequence was the center piece of the whole film, heightened by exceptional editing, intense musical score and well, credible performance from "Bart the bear". Timothy Treadwell should have seen this film, because although "The Edge" is a purely cinematic treatment of the characteristics and behaviors of a grizzly bear, it must have been enough to prove his prolonged eccentric immersion with the animals to be a very grave impossibility, at least in terms of whether or not the bears would see him as a caring 'friend' or a 'food' within reach.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer

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