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The Edge

Starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin; Elle Macpherson
Screenplay by David Mamet
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Website www.foxmovies.com

IN SHORT: "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you..." aka Killer Mamet.

Talk about your meat and potatoes movie. A mismatched pair of guys (ones a billionaire and one's a fashion photog) stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash; dependent on each other and stalked by an old, mean, man-eating bear. That's the meat. The potatoes is that the rich guy, Charles Morris (Anthony Hopkins), thinks the photog Bob Green (Alec Baldwin) is messing with his supermodel wife Mickey (played by supermodel Elle Macpherson) and is planning to kill for permanent possession.

The story is so simple, it could have been knocked out (figuratively and literally) by any Hollywood hack. What makes The Edge different is that it is scripted by David Mamet, probably the best playwright alive. The last time Alec Baldwin worked with a Mamet screenplay, in Glengarry Glen Ross, you could almost see the sparks fly. This time out it's just as good, in a simpler way.

You've also got two different types of actors in an untypical buddy movie -- Hopkins the methodical man, his character an introverted compendium of useless knowledge. Baldwin is the extrovert who's done it all and lived life to the fullest. When push comes to shove it's Morris, the man with the steel trap memory, who can lead out of the wilderness despite his earlier feeling that Green is planning to kill him.

David Mamet keeps it simple. Director Lee Tamahori fills the screen with trees and the wonder of nature. Snow falls. Bart the bear hunts for his dinner. Hopkins and Baldwin are spectacular. The Edge is such a rush you won't know whether to laugh or to shrivel up in your seat. You'll do both. I promise.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price for The Edge, he would have paid . . .

$7.00

I stopped myself when I started writing like a film student. Simply, see it.

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