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Here we have the angst-ridden, misogynistic, racist and homophobic male, so pent-up with hidden fury that he's becomes a walking nightmare. He's a bomb waiting to burst as all the years of "being on top" gradually deflate as he trolls through a nighttime labyrinth of crime-ridden streets, alleyways, and strip clubs in New York, just waiting to explode. (Interestingly the movie was actually filmed in Downtown Los Angeles).
Edmond Burke (Macy) is deeply frustrated with is life and work. Tired of being a white-collar robot, he abruptly tells his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon) that he is going to walk out on their marriage because she no longer interests him sexually or spiritually. He's just been to a tarot card reading and the results are not good - murder, blood, mayhem and prison dominate with the dumbfounded psychic telling him, "You are not where you belong."
In a local bar he meets a fellow white-collar worker (Joe Mantegna) directs Edmond to a gentleman's club where he convinces him that what he probably needs is some sex. And in this scene we get the first glimpse of a man who is living on the edge and is easily swayed.
He visits a strip club, a peep show and a massage parlor, where he visits a variety of gorgeous girls including Denise Richards and Mena Suvari, but he's too tight-fisted to part with any money and leaves in a huff or is physically ousted.Read more ›
Edmond (2005) William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Frances Bay
A film for mature adults, in my opinion.
A little known indie that's off the beaten path and original.
Shocking and disturbing but fascinating.
Edmond is trapped in a world of personal frustration. He's not happy with his marriage. He's not happy with his job. He's not happy with himself or his life in any way and he doesn't know why.
And he doesn't seem to care why since his anger is all encompassing.
He is more than simply pent-up angry and unfulfilled.
Scam artists of the underworld sense his lack of fulfillment and try to take advantage.
His psychotic fury builds and builds.
Although basically mild mannered, he morphs into a ticking time bomb.
He delves into the dark world of so called men's entertainment. Strip clubs, peep shows and prostitution. But lust never seems to satisfy at any price.
Repressed rage must find an outlet, as it always will. And bottled up madness must unleash itself eventually.
The dark journey grows darker. It becomes nightmarish and menacing.
For some people like Edmond, life becomes a random absurdity.
This film is hell bound and pushes way too many buttons for the casual viewer.
From there things go progressively downhill. We start with Edmond's frustration in his marriage and subsequently understand his lust--which apparently was not being satisfied by his beautiful wife--and, ultimately, his rage. It's rage, in fact, that fuels Edmond throughout the course of the film, through his encounters with three different hookers, a woman on a subway, a waitress, and a pimp on the street. Early on, his rage is also fueled by a man in a bar Edmond goes to; the man is played by Joe Mantegna, who spouts racism and sexism as fluidly and easily as anyone might talk about the weather. And Edmond immediately agrees with everything the man says--not because, as we understand, he really is necessarily racist or sexist, but because he is more than anything else a truly angry person.
Rage makes Edmond lie and kill, and drives him to attempts at lustful encounters with the hookers, all of which end in frustration and non-fulfillment. In this short (under 80 minutes) film, Macy gives a knockout performance as Edmond. This is a one-man show definitely worth seeing.
The ending is a bitterly ironic conclusion to a highly troubled journey that ultimately leaves the viewer either sad or pondering...or perhaps both.
Macy gives a frenzied performance as Edmond, a middle-aged white professional who descends into madness as his life careens out of control. We witness Edmond as he reacts against all the horrible things he sees in the world: greed, lawlessness, cruelty, violence, loneliness, and ultimately the emptiness and meaninglessness of his life. It's reminiscent of DeNiro in "Taxi Driver" and Michael Douglas in "Falling Down", both of which are better films.
The problem with "Edmond" is that we don't connect with or care enough about the main character. We don't feel his pain, and so we can't understand his actions. There are some satisfying scenes where Edmond righteously defends against the prostitutes, muggers and other lowlifes in his path. But just as we start to feel we understand him, Edmond lashes out violently against seemingly innocent victims. It's as if the filmmakers couldn't decide between making a thoughtful drama or a slasher horror flick, and so combined elements of both.
There are flashes of Mamet's trademark sparse snappy dialog which are almost poetic. But whenever Edmond tries to say something meaningful about his philosophy, it just comes across as the rantings of a psychopath. This is a serious weakness of the film. You can't have the main character acting crazy and then expect us to take anything he says seriously.
Overall, the film has a nightmarish quality to it that is captivating.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie at a great price. Plays great. I can hardly tell its been used. Fast shipping. I will buy from this seller again for sure.Published 5 months ago by Greg
EDMOND is the ultra-violent tale of an otherwise gentle soul who, based on the advice of a fortune teller, leaves his wife and explores the less savory areas of NYC. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Annie Van Auken
I really liked this movie, but I think the ending sort of ruined it.
There could have been so many other possibilities to end this really good movie, yet the director chose... Read more
I love this movie however when I got the cd the very beginning of the movie was cut out. It started with the elevator scene. The beginning is very important. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by paul tropeano
The movie starts out with two white businessmen at a bar who make racist comments as they watch black male basketball players on the television. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Paul H