Edge, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) accompanies his wife Mickey (Elle Macpherson) on a tip to a remote outpost in the Pacific Northwest. Mickey, a high-fashion model, also is accompanied by her photographer, Robert Green (Alec Baldwin) with whom she is secretly having an affair. Robert invites Charles to a photo shoot, and en route, their plane crashes and sinks into an icy lake. Robert escapes and leaves the others behind, but Charles frees Stephen, a member of the photo team, from the plane and pulls him to the surface. Charles employs his knowledge to keep them alive, but a mammoth kodiak bear begins stalking them, goaded by the smell of fresh blood from a wound on Stephen's leg. They slay the bear, but not before it slaughters Stephen. The remaining two men stumble across a cabin, and it is there that Charles realizes Robert's affair with Mickey, although he has suspected as much for awhile. It's a tense and thrilling adventure as the men try to survive against the wilderness and each other. This film will be a box-office winner as it brings out the survivor in all of us, and Anthony Hopkins gives a superb performance as Charles Morse.

Viewers will be inspired by the courage and selflessness of Hopkin's character. He unselfishly rescues Stephen from the sinking plane, risking his own life for the sake of others. He attempts to save a dying man who has been sleeping with his wife and has just tried to kill him. Indeed, Charles is a man we all should emulate as he faces life and adversity with courage and charity. But too much objectionable material should lead viewers to learn these lessons elsewhere. Seven crude words and 23 obscenities mar the dialogue, and the Lord's name is taken in vain 15 times. Violence also becomes severe as a plane splatters into a flock of birds and a bear mutilates a man by tearing him to pieces. Unfortunately, these scenes are portrayed in disturbing detail, and will nauseate many viewers. The risk is not worth the thrill of going to THE EDGE.

Preview Reviewer: Kristi Shepherd
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (7) times - Mild 3, Moderate 4

Obscene Language: Many (23) times - s-word 12, f-word 11

Profanity: Several (15) times - Regular 14 (J 3, GD 5, Lord 1, God 3, For God's sake 2); Exclamatory 1 (My God)

Violence: Several times - Moderate to Severe (Plane flies into flock of birds; man torn to pieces by bear; men stab and kill bear; man falls on wooden stake piercing leg)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times (smoking, man drinks hard liquor)


Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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