Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
While “The Edge” provides nail-biting suspense, one can uncontrollably be tempted to cry out at the film: “Trust in God, not in your own wisdom.” As the main characters are lost in the Alaskan wilderness to survive, the emphasis is placed on “thinking and not dying of shame” when all cares should be given to God.
Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) is a billionaire that has a rather young and lovely wife, Mickey (ELLE MACPHERSON), who is a model. Robert Green (Alec Baldwin) is a fashion photographer and his subject is Mickey. They journey to the beautiful, panoramic scenes of the Alaskan wilderness to do a picture shoot, Charles (going along for the ride) celebrates his birthday on their arrival day in Alaska. Circumstances eventually carry Charles and Robert deep into the dangers of the untamed wilderness, forced to survive while stranded together.
Their plight may have been a slightly better situation, had Charles and Robert been friends. But instead, tension permeates the bitter cold as Charles is convinced that Robert may be romantically interested in his lovely wife. (This is stated at the outset of the movie, but I won’t give anymore away in case you see it.)
There were over 30 cases of swearing and using the Lord’s name inappropriately. The violence from wildlife and mankind was not too extreme and mostly realistic, but perhaps a bit on the bloody side. There were a few continuity problems (unnoticeable to some), and how these two men survived numerous exposures to hypothermia is a mystery. “The Edge” advertises as a frightening story… While it had moments of fright, most of the suspense is quite predictable.
All in all, a mildly enjoyable movie. “The Edge” did have at least one redeeming value—breathtaking scenes of the Alaskan wilderness (a bit cheaper than taking a cruise). Truly, it is a wonderful and beautiful world that God has created for us to enjoy.