Denise Lanctot
March 06, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Edge

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Harold Perrineau, Elle Macpherson
director
Lee Tamahori
genre
Drama, ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

This thinking person’s Deliverance, The Edge is written by David Mamet and charts a tale of wilderness survival: A biplane carrying contrasting urbanites — a billionaire and a fashion photographer — crashes in Alaska, where the survivors, like those in Lord of the Flies, find themselves pitted against the elements and one another, and human nature proves the more deadly adversary. Hopkins is mesmerizing as the intellectual tycoon whose steely mind is a match for the Hemingway swagger of Baldwin’s photog. Luck plays a larger part than it should — they keep outrunning a Kodiak bear — but the locations and crackling dialogue make this a terrific armchair action-adventure. B+

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