Parents' Guide to

Edison

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Crime thriller has corruption, violence, language, drugs.

Movie R 2006 99 minutes
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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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