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Edison Force (2005)

(R) 97 mins

Plot Summary: Justin Timberlake, in his feature-film debut, stars as a reporter fresh from journalism school who uncovers a hot story of lies and deception within the Edison police department, and does everything in his power to unravel it.

Additional Cast: Morgan FreemanKevin SpaceyLL Cool JDylan McDermottJohn HeardCary ElwesRoselyn SanchezPiper Perabo

Director: David J. Burke

Serious Jest:  (Worth Watching)  This film was surprisingly mediocre, given its all-star cast.  We’ve all seen this plot done before, and there was nothing very distinguishing about the way that this movie was written.  Additionally, the audio/visual quality gave it the feel of a B movie, instead of one loaded with A-List actors.  Some of the dialogue and action was hokey, as well.  And more character development might have helped me to care more about the characters…except in the case of LL Cool J & Roselyn Sanchez: LL actually stole the show with his best performance I’ve seen, and Sanchez once again delivers “The Girlfriend Experience” (see my review of The Dilemma for an explanation, as applied to Jennifer Connelly).  Also, there are some very cool action scenes, like the opening one, which sets a very high bar that, unfortunately, the movie later fails to uphold…too bad, because at the beginning of the film, I thought I’d found a hidden gem of a movie.  All in all, this flick is worth watching because its cast is awesome, and the actors look like they’re having fun with their roles, especially Morgan Freeman, who even shows us some of his dance floor moves.  Also, as a lawyer, the following quote rang very true to me: “Justice is a lot like journalism.  Sometimes the most important questions are the ones you decide not to ask.”

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

2 responses to “Edison Force (2005)

  1. Jon

    LL Cool J out-acting Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman would be like me dunking on Dwight Howard and Serge Ibaka. Hard to envision. Maybe Spacey and Freeman were partied out during the filming of this one.

    • Hilarious, and pretty true…but every once in a while, a John Starks will dunk on a Michael Jordan and Horace Grant…the world is stunned, and then stuff goes back to normal. To be fair, “out-acting” wouldn’t be the best description, because LL’s role allowed him to grab center stage. Watch it, and let me know if you disagree on who stole the show…by the way, saying it was Sanchez or Perabo is a cop-out (see what I did there? cuz it’s a movie about…never mind).

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