[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The most controversial film you will see this year.
A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary.
A barebones drama, directed by Tim Hunter, is centered around a group of mostly burnout friends in rural Oregon who come to find that one of them(Daniel Roebuck) has killed another of their group. The knowledge of the crime has a different effect on everyone as they keep the information to themselves. When one of them finally tells the cops, it pushes things even further towards the edge.
Well shot and quite beautiful, it is highlighted with strong performances by Keanu Reeves(I really said that), Dennis Hopper(as an on-the-lam fella who killed his girl), Roebuck and Ione Skye. The score is quite dodgy at times and ultimately your enjoyment of the film will hinge on how you accept Crispin Glover's…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #4 of the February Movie Challenge : Keanu Reeves or Bust!
Loosely based off a real incident involving a girl whom was murdered and raped and the crime went unreported for a couple days!
This obviously left an indelible mark on writer Neal Jimenez! In turn he wrote a bizarre story about a group of young people whom were so unredeemable and unrelatable that the audience would have no other choice but to show them the same lack of compassion and empathy as they did the lifeless corpse who was once their friend!
The characters were so over-the-top (not in a good way) in the quirky and damaged goods department that it actually took away from…
Another film, like my review of A.I., where I feel that the rating does not capture how enthusiastically I would recommend this. The lows are so low (the awful score, Crispin Glover's acting) that I can't rate it higher, but it ranks up there with Clueless as one of my favorite depictions of teenagers that I've ever seen.
And while Clueless represents the light side of teenagers, their goofiness, their romantic notions, their optimism, River's Edge perfectly captures their dark and dirty side. How someone might not know how to react to a murder, even a person they knew. How someone might turn that situation into sex and sort of move on from the dead body that they saw just…
An '80s antecedent to wasted-youth films like Larry Clark's KIDS and BULLY, RIVER'S EDGE is based on a true story about a group of metalhead teen "burnouts" who attempt to cover it up when one of their own strangles his girlfriend and leaves her body to rot on a riverbank. It's not perfect (largely thanks to the score, which too often sounds like a horror film instead of the drama that it is), but it's powerful and well-acted, despite moments of corniness.
It's also got lots of cult appeal, thanks to Dennis Hopper's supporting role as a melancholy, spaced-out drug dealer with a disturbing attachment to a blow-up doll, and to one of the most gloriously strange performances that Crispin…
If I had to compare River's Edge to any two movies, they would probably be My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Stand by Me (1986). The comparison with the latter is obvious; a group of young people and a dead body, only in River's Edge we actually see the body, and so do the characters. The comparison with My Own Private Idaho is a little harder to pin down; it's not because of Keanu Reeves' presence in the film -- although his performance here anticipates his much stronger work in Private Idaho -- but because of the film's focus on aimless, dispassionate youths.
The narrative of River's Edge, inspired by an actual event, is simple enough. A high school student…
This old 80's film shows how some trailer trash people were In real life.
Completely out of their stoned/washed faces all the time and haven't got a brain cell between them.
A great cast but one messed up film which gets worst throughout.
I think Matt (Keanu) gets a change of I.D in 1994 and goes by the name of Jack to track down Feck (Hopper) A.K.A Howard Payne.
Can you imagine if Hollywood tried to remake this one...well here it goes.
Lad goes down to the river with his girlfriend and strangles her after she made fun of his mum.
Goes home and gets straight onto his lap top.
Facebook Status:Just killed my girlfriend. If you don't believe me go down to the river.
Everybody goes down there and reports it to the cops.
Imagine a parallel universe where Crispin Glover replaces Johnny Depp in all his roles—especially Edward Scissorhands
love crispin glover's face the first time he sees the body
"The check is in the mail."
This was my first time watching this, and only a few weeks after revisiting "Over the Edge." Both films have flourishes of melodrama that toe the line of sentimentality, but ultimately work extremely well. This one though, from the opening shot and musical accompaniment, has a nervous energy and bleakness to it that the other film doesn't.
On the car ride after the movie my friend and I discussed the film. He found it difficult to "wrap his head around" characters who do bad things without motivation. I told him people struggle with understanding people's motivations everyday in real life. Why do people murder? rob? rape? We're all trying to figure out what is…
This is like some fuckin' movie. Friends since second grade, fuckin' like THIS [crosses fingers] and then one of us gets himself in potentially BIG trouble, and now we've gotta deal with it; we've got to test our loyalty against ALL odds. It's kind of... exciting. I feel like... Chuck Norris, y'know?
Seeing Richard Linklater introduce River's Edge, it occurred to me that this movie plays like a bleak and nightmarish Bizzaroworld version of Dazed and Confused where beer and weed lead to nihilism and apathy instead of feel-good antics.
Crispin Glover's Layne is such a necessary manic counterpoint to everything else that's going on in the movie. It he didn't provide some comic relief, the whole thing would be unbearbly grim.
Crispin Glover as a paranoid teenage pothead is maybe as good as it gets. To top it off, his best friend is Keanu Reeves and he has a mullet.
It's primal. It's real! It's the American teenager! It's one of the best films of the 80's! Hopper is really great here! Keanu does some of the best work of his career. Crispin Glover is unforgettable!
I don't know how to describe what Crispin Glover was doing in this, but it was pretty damn entertaining.
Smart, scary and moving. Recommended, though I suspect this was far more potent when it was released.
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