Unexpected Quality on the Edge of Low Budget

A production still of Scott Butler as Detective Jack River in the movie Edge

Edge is one of those films that you can immediately pick up on its low production value, in the way of equipment with cameras and lighting, but you easily see the passion behind its vision. The acting from most of the cast isn’t great and the beginning is a little slow, but the hard work that went into this film shows on the screen. Although, the film is a little dark and hard to see at times.

Edge is about Detective Jack Rivers, played by Scott Butler, who is in the middle of hunting down a serial killer who appears to target drunk abusive fathers. The film’s initial murder involved the death of a family and an old woman who survived the massacre. Jack begins to stumble in a blind fury as his frustrations and dark past get the better of him, causing the line between ‘justice’ and ‘murder’ to become blurred.

The film can be a little predictable at parts, but the ending kept me guessing enough to where I wasn’t completely sure who the actual murderer was. The action wasn’t super exciting, but it was done well enough to be realistic. According to IMDB, the film had actual police officers giving tactical advise on set.

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The film did have a couple of off moments that may have made more sense on paper before filming. The biggest one has to be how long they held the old woman for questioning. She wasn’t a suspect when they brought her in and it feels like she’s sitting in the interrogation room for hours without being sent home or to a hotel. The other big one is when the detective picks up the murder weapon and throws it back down. I get that he’s supposed to be frustrated, but he’s still a professional police officer. I feel like the tactical advisers missed the ball on that one.

In an article by Thomas M. Sipos titled Poor Grooming Hinders Suspension of Disbelief, he harps on the police offers in Edge having beards, calling it, “laziness and a lack of artistic commitment.” I don’t really agree with this statement as I’ve seen numerous police officers with facial hair, granted they were mostly the type of mustache you would see on a firefighter. On the other side, looking at IMDB, it seems that most of the performances in this film were done by non-actors. So asking someone to shave for a scene in what plays like a well done student film, seems a bit of an ask. You’d have to pay me more than $100 to shave my beard off.

Most of his article on the film seems to be focused on making Sipos look like a film expert to promote his book, so I took a lot of what he said with a grain of salt before watching the film for myself. With that said, I do have to agree with Sipos on the police officer with the Mohawk. You’d expect a character like this to be an undercover cop, but we only see him once in the film when the killer is being placed in a jail cell. Personally, I half expected him to be a poorly disguised gang member that was going to bust the killer out.

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One of the aspects of the film that peaked my curiosity is that the lead detective has a British Accent. I kept waiting for there to be an explanation for this, but it never came. It would have been nice to see a backstory of a British police officer coming to America, or even a crazy twist of a British precinct run by Americans.

Edge is an enjoyable film for fans of crime drama’s in the independent film scene. The photography is done well with its use of blue lights to give the exteriors a moonlight effect. It’s definitely character driven, so aside from a few gunshots, don’t expect any major blood or explosions.

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