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Edison Force (2006)

Morgan Freeman , Kevin Spacey , David J. Burke  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, Dylan McDermott
  • Directors: David J. Burke
  • Writers: David J. Burke
  • Producers: Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Christopher Eberts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI8MPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Edison Force" on IMDb

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  • "Absolute Power: Behind the Scenes of Edison Force" featurette
  • Widescreen and fullscreen versions on the same disc

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Academy Award(r) winning actors Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and Kevin Spacey (LA Confidential) star in this intense thriller about an all-encompassing network of corruption within a city's justice system that nobody has dared to challenge until now. Featuring LL Cool J (S.W.A.T.) and the acting debut of musician Justin Timberlake. Upon his discovery of a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist (Timberlake) relies on his mentor (Freeman), a jaded reporter, and an investigator (Spacey) for a powerful district attorney to expose the truth behind the cops that rule the streets of Edison.

If Edison, the city in which Edison Force takes place, is equivalent to Batman’s Gotham City, then Batman, in this action drama, is Justin Timberlake. Pollack (Timberlake) is a naïve young news reporter who clumsily discovers, and eventually exposes, complete corruption within the F.R.A.T. division of Edison’s police department. F.R.A.T. recruits are unmarried men with a history of violence, contracted out as bounty hunters to halt rampant murder, drug dealing, and prostitution on the streets. As two of their main men, Lazerov (Dylan McDermott) and Deed (LL Cool J) kill several innocent people while on duty, Pollack begins digging for evidence to bust them. Inept, Pollack enlists help from seasoned journalists Moses Ashford (Morgan Freeman) and Lee Wallace (Kevin Spacey), who do help Pollack crack the case, but not without warning Pollack against the perils of devoting one’s life to exposing fraudulent behavior. True journalists, in Edison Force, are superheroes. Though it’s difficult not to envision Timberlake as the pop star he is, it is always a pleasure to see the handsome LL Cool J in a uniform and wielding guns. The most convincing actor in Edison Force is Kevin Spacey, whose hard-boiled acting imbues his part with a Mean Streets quality. Action-packed, this film deserves mention in the history of cop films, though in terms of style, it has nothing on great film noir. --Trinie Dalton

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another View of Police Corruption July 29, 2006
Though this movie has a first rate roster of fine actors, special effects that are excellent, and a story line that is full of surprises, it wasn't picked up for studio distribution and went directly to DVD. Perhaps it contains too much 'anti-police force' information, or perhaps it is juts one too many action flicks released during a glut, but whatever the reason the big screens missed the opportunity, fortunately the new concept of releasing direct to DVD allows us to enjoy it.

The theme is old: rookie reporter uncovers an inner circle of cops that are corrupt - in this case the F.R.A.T. (First Response Assault and Tactical) team, a group of well trained policeman created to clean up the mythical city of Edison from its low point of crime, drugs, prostitution etc. Working undercover the temptation of pocketing the confiscated goods and money proves too much of an opportunity and now, 15 years after its formation, FRAT is responsible for murder, drug trafficking, terrorizing innocent people etc. The lead dog is Lazerov (Dylan McDermott, who makes a terrifyingly real gangster!) and his partner Rafe Deed (LL Cool J, even more buff than usual and proving he can be a sensitive actor). Reporter Pollack (Justin Timberlake) catches wind of a 'bad mistake' and reports his theory of fraud and corruption to his paper's boss Ashford (the always reliably fine Morgan Freeman). Gradually Polack convinces Ashford and subsequently Wallace (Kevin Spacey, also a consistently fine character actor) and they aid Pollack in this investigative reporting. The closer Pollack gets to the truth the more surprises and bad incidents happen and the story runs pall mall toward a series of unexpected results.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SOMEBODY SHOOT TIMBERLAKE!!! August 30, 2006
First off, Timberlake should go back to bopping to his teenie crowd and leave acting to the professionals, because as an actor he makes ME look like an Oscar nominee!

Can he be more out of place? Can he be more feminine? Can he be a worse actor?

Edison Force brings to the screen the story of a smalltime Jewish newspaper whose young up-and-coming reporter and owner/editor-in -chief take on a corrupt branch of the police known as FRAT...

There is obviously a not-so-hidden agenda here as to who are the "good guys" and who are not i.e. What a coincidence that Joshua, Moses and Isiaha are the good ones while eastern European Lazerov and the WASPS are the villains. How original...

In short, the acting is surprisingly average, the plot is mediocre, while the dialogues are way "below average."

Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey's talent is definitely wasted here! A shame really...

In a nutshell, it's an average movie and that's about it; no masterpiece here... Wait till they show it on TV, and even then think about it...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars straight to DVD turkey November 11, 2006
By Z. Fu
There is a reason why this movie was not released in theater. The story sounds engaging...corrupt cops and an young aspiring journalist out to expose innercity crimes. The script however was poorly written, production executed worse. Even Hollywood heavy hitters, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, were not able to save the film. Both are off the screen most of the time. Surprisingly, Justin Timberlake is more than competent. It may be a start of a promising film career.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just a 3...too bad July 10, 2009
I rarely resort to assigning a three to a product. If I feel compelled toward a three, I don't review it. This time, this product "Edison Force" gets a review. Why? Because in better hands, this could have been a really good film.


Why should it work? Here are my reasons:

1. Morgan Freeman, a universally respected actor, whose presence in a film lends credence to its premise.
2. Kevin Spacey, another top-notch actor, whose presence in a film lends credence to its premise.
3. LL Cool J. What a hunk! Oh, excuse me. Got carried away. Body builder!
4. Justin Timberlake. Just kidding!
5. John Heard, who can play good or bad. Here he's bad. There's one scene in which he plays his power card until he realizes he needs to put it away for now. You can visibly watch him make that switch from power wielder to man of humility.
6. Dylan McDermott. I saw an ad last night showing that he will star in a police drama in the fall. I almost laughed after seeing him play a stark raving mad policeman in this film. I listed him in this category so I could mention that maybe he can really act. (Sorry, Dylan, I've never seen you act before. Is Dermott Mulrooney your brother?)
7. Carey Ewes plays bad good. Who'd have thunk it? He is bad, isn't he? He is certainly oily, but what a sweet facade to hide that corruption.
8. That's it. The actors alone should make this film work, but they don't. Whose fault is that?

Why doesn't it work? Here are my reasons:

1. The director David J. Burke. He also wrote the story.
2. A film about corrupt police most often works. Here the corruption is played as caricature. The F.R.A.T.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of talent
Talk about a waste of talented actors, a completely miscast lead character and a script better suited to a high school drama class! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jim Schmidt
2.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly poor acting all around
A generic storyline and so-so action sequences are sunk by the simple fact that nobody brings their A-game. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RL
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wall of Blue is back and it's new name is Edison F.R.A.T.
This movie was tremendous and wish more areas in our country would do some checking into their Law Enforcement. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pamela Ann Walsh
1.0 out of 5 stars Edison Force
Ok movie, but did not like the language. To much cursing. Love the characters though, would of been a great movie without the language.
Published 12 months ago by RobinLynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed!
This is an intense, tense story that follows Justin Timberlake as a budding journalist who wants to write about real stories and in-depth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I watched this movie with my mom, because we are both into action or suspense movies. It was very good.
Published 15 months ago by Erica
2.0 out of 5 stars Please pass, trust me.
Good intention, but script was weak, and actors were not exactly compatible with each other, as well as with the characters they were assigned. Life is too short not to pass. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kafishna
4.0 out of 5 stars NGS
This was a really good movie. I enjoyed it. All of the cast are good actors. Its a must see movie if you like this kind of film. Hope you enjoy it as much as i did.
Published on September 23, 2012 by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, Watched for the actors in the film.
The one actor that caught my eye was LL Cool J... I always look for movies with him and Samuel L Jackson. I decided to watch this movie through Netflix.. Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Flower
3.0 out of 5 stars Got this for the people in it
As another reviewer points out one-by-one, there are good actors here yet none save this film and make it strongly worth watching. Seems like a bad script/story-line. Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by Scott Duncan
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