Volume 91, Issue 20

Wednesday, October 1, 1997



Bring your scarf: On The Edge of life and death

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ARE THE BEARS STILL SCREAMING CLAIRISSE? Mr. Psycho finds he simply can't do a movie without killing something. The Edge is Anthony Hopkins' latest flick.

Take a deep breath and cover up before you enter the theatre – winter is coming sooner than anyone expected.

When you get in to see The Edge, Charles (Anthony Hopkins) and Bob (Alec Baldwin) will take you along on a breathtaking adventure through the wilderness of Alaska; battling the elements and struggling with nature in order to survive.

Charles, a sophisticated and shrewd billionaire, is married to the young and beautiful Mickey (played by Elle Macpherson). Bob, a handsome and inspired photographer, is determined to make it big in the fashion industry with his ravishing model – who is also Mickey.

The two starring characters are introduced as opposites from the very beginning of the show. Bob is outspoken and careless (unless it's fashion related,) while Charles is diplomatic and conscientious.

Bob, along with his modeling crew, fly to Alaska in Charles' private plane, for a wintry photo shoot. High above the mountain tops of Alaska, the plane – whose passengers are the pilot, Bob, Charles and his assistant – loses control and crashes down in the middle of nowhere. And so begins the adventure. The characters are left with no transportation, no food and no compass to lead the way back.

They become prey to the cold, the wild and every creature living in the deep woods. When Charles repeats his mantra "Never feel sorry for a man who owns a plane," he is unable to dismiss the empathy from the audience with such an ironic statement.

Through impressive cinematography, the audience feels as if the drastic freezing weather breezes through the theatre, giving the full effect of Alaska's wilderness. But when you realize that you are still in a warm theatre, there is a feeling of sorrow for the characters – even if one does own a plane. The special effects will keep you jumping off your seat as well as hiding behind the seats in front of you.

Being stuck together in a life-and-survival test, Bob and Charles are forced to cooperate to keep each other alive. "What one man can do is what another can do," are the words Charles uses to motivate Bob and to keep him going. "Why do men die in the woods? They die of shame."

The pair have too much pride to give up and both want to prove to the world that they can make it through the test of life. With Bob's careless personality and Charles' cleverness, the twosome make their journey back to life very intriguing and somewhat amusing.

The Edge is definitely an inspiring movie that will make you think twice about giving up. And when you leave the theatre knowing that the season hasn't changed – not yet anyway – you will be relieved that the The Edge has indubitably readied you for a long winter.

–Monique Desnoyers

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