A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Holding powerful people to account, exposing corruption, working hard, and believing in yourself. However, many characters are morally dubious and governed by selfish goals. Police corruption.
Positive Role Models
Pollack is idealistic and driven to fight injustice. Other characters are untrustworthy and caught between trying to do the right thing and protect their own interests.
Ethnic diversity across the main cast, including the editor of a newspaper being a Black man. But no leading roles for women who are generally sidelined or play love interests and sex workers. White male writer/director.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters threatened at gun point. Headshots and death. Blood but no gore. Someone is thrown down stairs. Characters beaten, bloody head injuries, and bleeding. Punches, kicks, and spitting in fights. Character assaulted with stapler. Fatal stabbings. Explosions. Shootouts with pistols and semi-automatic rifles. Injuries lead to hospitalization. Reference to rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character shown in underwear. Discussion about being motivated by sex. Kissing. Couple shown in bed together. No graphic nudity. Scenes in a brothel.
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Language used includes "motherf----r," "s--t," "f--khead," "f---ing," "p---y," "chrissakes," and "bastard". "Jesus" used as an exclamation. Loaded language about the Jewish community.
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Products & Purchases
Plot revolves around corrupt cops who are motivated by greed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Large amounts of drugs shown in stash house. Characters snort drugs, smoke cigarettes and cigars, drink alcohol in moderation. Character is described as "stoned" in one scene and appears inebriated. Reference to manufacturing crystal meth. Scene in a shop selling cannabis paraphernalia.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Edison (also known as Edison Force) is a 2005 crime thriller with violent scenes, drugs, and strong language. Justin Timberlake is idealistic news journalist Josh Pollack, who senses there is police corruption underpinning a trial he is reporting on. Pollack is the movie's moral center, as the allegiances of the cops he speaks to shifts and changes. His boss, newspaper editor Moses Ashford (Morgan Freeman) and seasoned detective Levon Wallace (Kevin Spacey) also want justice to be served, but are frequently cynical about the long-term gains of following Pollack's leads. There is ethnic diversity among the main cast but very few female characters feature, and those that do tend to be typecast as love interests or sex workers. Violence is frequent and often bloody, with several deaths by gunshot showing head wounds. Characters are beaten leading to permanent injury and hospitalization. A scene takes place in a brothel, and characters are seen in bed together. But there is no graphic nudity. Language is frequent, with several variations of "f--k" including "motherf----r." There are a number of drug references and characters are seen snorting cocaine, smoking, and drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A forgotten mid-2000s crime vehicle for pop star turned actor Timberlake and several other famous faces, this movie was quietly ushered out straight-to-video and it's easy to see why. Early on, Edison (also known as Edison Force) seems to flirt with the idea of becoming a John Grisham-esque legal drama before quickly morphing into a clunky thriller. Writer and director David J. Burke seems caught in two minds about what type of movie he wanted to make. LL Cool J's turn as conflicted corrupt cop Deed is typical of the almost-symbolism we get throughout, while Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey come and go as a newspaper editor and ace detective who are oddly sidelined away from the movie's action.
The whole thing is about as convincing as the voluminous wig that Spacey sports throughout, with Timberlake's voiceover in the closing stages suggesting the makers felt the need to patch up the ending. Amid the crooked cop cliches and the action taking place in a police force that doesn't noticeably employ any women, the only really novelty here is spotting so many familiar faces in a movie you've probably never heard of -- for good reason.
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