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Edison (2005)

Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney.

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David J. Burke

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David J. Burke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Ashford
Kevin Spacey ... Wallace
Justin Timberlake ... Pollack
LL Cool J ... Deed
Dylan McDermott ... Lazerov
John Heard ... Tilman
Cary Elwes ... Reigert
Roselyn Sanchez ... Maria
Damien Dante Wayans ... Isiaha
Garfield Wilson ... Rook
Marco Sanchez ... Reyes
Darryl Quon ... Wu
Andrew Jackson ... Ives
Tim Perez ... Butler (as Tim Paul Perez)
Piper Perabo ... Willow
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Storyline

Josh Pollack, a naive and ambitious reporter, is convinced the F.R.A.T., an elite force within the Edison Police Department, is corrupted. Working on a homicide case, he begins to unearth evidence which suggests that the entire justice system is willingly turning a blind eye to the abuses of the this force. When his life and that of his girlfriend are threatened from his research, he join forces with his editor, a once-famous reporter, and a renown private detective to bring down the F.R.A.T. and every one behind it. Written by Ploy P.

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Corruption, Righteousness, Lawless, In this city, only the cops are above the law.


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Rated R for strong violence and language, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Edison Force See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,165,675
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (flashback scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When a Twitter user asked his followers for a bad Kevin Spacey movie, Kevin Spacey himself replied, "Edison". See more »

Goofs

At 1:11:13 a gunshot is fired which sounds silenced, at 1:11:15 the gun which fires the shot is shown with no silencer and the slide of the gun is shown locked open as if its the last shot in the magazine, then at 1:11:17 the same gun is shown again with the slide closed back in its normal position without any noise or character interaction. See more »

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[first lines]
Deed: You're a big venue now. Global commerce, sports franchises, chit chat cafés. But you don't get it, because you don't see it. Life is not what you think it is. Because of guys like us, you can go on thinking it, 'til reality sets in. Reality's a motherfucker.
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Referenced in Absolute Power: The Making of Edison Force (2006) See more »

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If You Wouldn't Be Mine
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Another View of Police Corruption
29 July 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

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.

Timberlake lacks the charisma to carry the lead, especially in the company of such seasoned actors. But LL Cool J, Freeman, Spacey, and McDermott keep the well-oiled machine of a movie rolling to the very end. No, it is not a great movie, but it is one that makes for an edge of the seat action flick with a message. Grady Harp


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