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Sharp Cast, Blunted Thriller,
This review is from: Jagged Edge (DVD)A ponderous murder mystery-thriller that plays better than it normally would thanks to solid star turns by an impeccable cast. Jeff Bridges (always an economical and subtle actor) is perfect as the cryptic suspect; and Glenn Close strikes a delicate balance between intellectual aloofness and romantic vulnerability as the defense lawyer who becomes too involved with her client. Nice work also by Peter Coyote as the prosecution, Leigh Taylor-Young as a vengeful woman spurned, and (especially) Robert Loggia as a foul-mouthed, hard-living evidence investigator. The combined intensity of these gifted actors almost camouflages the plot manipulations that plague the script's credibility from beginning to end ... almost.
The digitally mastered DVD transfer is more than acceptable, providing sharp anamorphic visuals and crystal clear sound. The disc provides both letterboxed and pan-and-scan presentations, and includes thumbnail biographical sketches of the director (Richard Marquand), Bridges, and Close. Four theatrical trailers ("Against All Odds", "Arlington Road", "The Natural", "Air Force One") are used to plug other Columbia Tristar videos, but unfortunately the trailer for "Jagged Edge" is not on the menu. Recommended for fans of Bridges and Close, or those interested in the career of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas; other viewers, specifically devotees of tightly plotted mysteries, may find the film less engaging.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2011 10:48:46 AM PST
Paul Fisher says:
It reminds me of "Basic Instinct", both Joe Esterhas screenplays. both based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cerebral, well-directed, up and down in "whodunit", engaging trial scenes, somewhat ambiguous ending, where the view of the killer is intentional blurry, though there is enough logic--if you followed closely--to know at the end who is really the bad guy. I am intentionally vague, so as not to "spoil" this movie.
Posted on Mar 17, 2012 3:17:31 PM PDT
J. L LaRegina says:
J. Michael, yesterday I viewed JAGGED EDGE for what I think was the first time since seeing it at the movies in 1985. While I did not like the film quite as much as I did three decades ago it still held my attention even though I knew what was going to happen. While there is much to admire about JAGGED EDGE, if nothing else it is worth watching for Robert Loggia's performance.
Two things that occured to me this time that I did not think about in 1985:
1. JAGGED EDGE needs a better plot device than the one it uses to reveal the identity of the killer. Without blowing the story for those who have not seen the movie, you'd think a killer would do a better job of hiding the smoking gun.
2. Do Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges look like a good match? Not that Close is ugly, it's just that she is no Jane Fonda and the character she plays is not the kind of average-looking woman who wins handsome men like Bridges with charm. (She is a woman named GLENN, for crying out loud.)
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Mark O. Avery says:
"Fatal Attraction" is the best Close has ever looked in anything!! My first view of her was "The World According To Garp" (as I remember it---it's been years) that was none-too-complimentary but to each his own. "Beauty is in the eye...................."
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