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Edison Force

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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.

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Justin Timberlake, Piper Perabo, Marco Sanchez, Roselyn Sanchez, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: David J. Burke
  • Producers: Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Randall Emmett, George Furla
  • 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI8MPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Edison Force" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2006
Format: DVD
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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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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I had seen this movie some years ago and enjoyed it. When the opportunity to purchase this movie on DVD presented itself, I did so. This movie has a cast of outstanding talent: Morgan Freeman, Piper Perabo, LL Cool J, Rosalyn Sanchez, Justin Timberlake, John Heard, Kevin Spacey and Dylan McDermott. The movie is about an elite force of corrupt police officers and the local media's attempt to investigate and expose them. Wonderful story and one that may have been based on a mixture of actual events. Highly recommended. Lots of explosiveness in language and violence. Would not recommend for the very young generation.
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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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This is an intense, tense story that follows Justin Timberlake as a budding journalist who wants to write about real stories and in-depth. He takes an interest in a court case that involves what appears to be a self-defense murder by a cop. He does not realize that going beneath the surface of this story will reveal a HUGE conspiracy that will get people killed. At a certain point, you don't know who is a good guy and who is a bad guy anymore, which makes for all the more suspense and action. Telling you any more than that will give away some of the twists!!! This is not Academy Award writing or acting, but this is a really fun "Saturday night" movie with friends. (And I love ANYTHING with Kevin Spacey!)
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It's going to seem impossible when you look at the photo on the cover of this DVD to think that this film could fail. Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman are among the very best actors in the world, LL Cool J is the lead in one of the highest-rated programs on television, and Justin Timberlake... well, he's a fantastic Saturday Night Live host. (Okay, that last one's a bit of a stretch, but hear me out.) But the supporting cast is just as intriguing: those names include excellent character actor John Heard, cult hero Cary Elwes, Piper Perabo, and Dylan McDermott. So what could have happened? Why is this film languishing in obscurity and permanently in the on-sale section?

Well, the names of the cast are phenomenal, but they aren't necessarily used to their greatest strengths. Freeman has some fun moments, but he and Spacey have relatively little screen time. And while LL Cool J and Timberlake have each put up strong performances in other work, they were both a bit overextended in their lead roles. I'm seeing a lot of criticism of Timberlake's work in the other user reviews, but I thought his work was mostly adequate, if unspectacular. The only actor who was distractingly bad was Dylan McDermott. He was trying to suck in scenery like peak Pacino, but he just doesn't have the gravitational force to be that kind of actor. Every time he tried to be dramatically evil, I just winced.

This is a direct-to-DVD movie, but as you might expect from the cast, originally it was intended as a theatrical release. As such, the special effects are a big step up from most direct-to-DVD films, and the sound editing (and the soundtrack) are above par. The story falls short, though. It's a paint-by-numbers police corruption tale, with no unexpected twists.
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