The Edge

This great movie follows the birthday trip of anthony hopkins as a millionaire with a super model wife. Alec Baldwin plays the guy we all love to hate, making moves on Hopkins wife and playing Hopkins friend as well. Hopkins, an assistant and Baldwin go on a plane trip to photograph a native alaskan hunter. The plane hits birds, causing them to crash into a lake. The pilot dies, Baldwin bails the plane and Hopkins rescues the assistant as well as grabs flares. The story follows the three as they try to get out of the mountains to be rescued. Hopkins extensive knowledge gets them through many things, but they end up back at the lake after a bear attacks them. The assistant cuts his leg bad, Baldwin is to bury the bloody rags but doesn't. The end result is the assistant (a black man of course, typical hollywood) getting horribly ravaged by a huge bear (very graphic). Baldwin runs, Hopkins wants to help but Baldwin pulls him away. The movie goes on to show Baldwin and Hopkins trying to escape from the bloodthirsty bear, eventually killing the bear and using it as a resource for their further travels to escape. The entire time, there is an undertone of menace from Baldwin towards Hopkins, who intends violence towards Hopkins once the two are almost out of danger. They travel and find a cabin, Hopkins realizes that his wife is cheating on him when he sees Baldwins watch has an inscription from Hopkins wife. Baldwin gets a rifle and takes Hopkins outside to "off him"...

Continuity mistake: When Charles is showing Steve the constellations, the sky is pitch black. Yet in the next scene when Charles goes down to the shore to Bob, the sky has brightened considerably. No indication is given that a good deal of time has passed between these two scenes.

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Charles Morse: We're all put to the test... but it never comes in the form or at the point we would prefer, does it?

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Question: Why is this movie titled The Edge? Why didn't Alec Baldwin let Hopkins go down the rapids and die that way if he wanted him dead?


Chosen answer: Although Bob intended to kill Charles (to obtain his wife and wealth), they unexpectedly were struggling for survival in the wilderness. Working together increases their chances of rescue, and Bob cannot survive without Charles' help. He therefore saves him from the rapids. Plot-wise, this makes Charles think that his suspicions about Bob may be wrong. Also, Bob is not a born killer, and may be hesitant about actually committing murder, particularly someone he had admired and respected. Bob likely planned to kill Charles when rescue was imminent and then claim Charles died accidentally. Regarding the title, because the movie is not based on a book of that name, the filmmakers probably chose it for its marketing value because it sounded dramatic. This is a suspense/adventure movie, and "edge" can have multiple meanings, such as being "on the edge," as to whether or not Bob will carry out his plan. It can also refer to the razor-sharp edge of a weapon, an "edgy" emotional situation, and so on.

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