[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.
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.
A solid example of the "Fucked Up Coming of Age" genre I adore so. But some of its social commentary is over the top, and it lacks a single cohesive vision to latch on to.
Probably the definitive anti-teen movie: kids as stoned zombies, families as broken units dispensing bad lessons, any lingering sense of energy nullified by the utterly bleak weather/landscape. Conditioned by the living nightmare of the Cold War to view human life as worthless, an outlook exacerbated by their inherent adolescent angstiness, the youths here have internalized the mindset supposed to be reserved for the godless Soviets, rupturing any sense of community and then mechanically turning on each other. Also raises the question: in exactly how many movies does Dennis Hopper show up as the grouchy, manic ghost of the war in Vietnam?
“So now we get married right?”
“No, let’s get stoned instead”
This film was beyond fascinating, a terrifically in-depth portrait of how a murder effects a group of young people living in a lower class slum. The characters evolve and change drastically over the course of the film. Initially displaying muted, immature personality types of the typical teenager they are forced to re-evaluate their takes on their own social standing and outlook on life. Excellent direction on Tim Hunter’s part and great performances by the whole cast, I’d yet to be actually impressed by Keanu Reeves before tonight.
For its disturbing subject matter I was suprised how many times I laughed. Mmmm....glazed doughnuts!
Feck: "My leg was right out in the middle of the street. I remember lying in the gutter and bleeding and shit, staring at my leg, right next to a beer can. And I remember thinking, that's my leg... I wonder if there's any beer in that can."
Imagine a world where Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover are best friend high school students. It's a dark world where both Crispin Glover and Dennis Hopper are amazed at how crazy a third character is. The movie paints youth as a shithole full of self-righteous and abusive adults who lecture rather than teach. Or threaten rather than parent. Where being apathetic is a better choice than getting involved. The one adult they do trust is a one-legged fugitive in a serious relationship with a blow-up doll rather than a real person. The cast is full of crazy actors, so it's easy for the movie to slip into dark comedy without sacrificing its heavier dramatic elements. It's somehow both extremely depressing…
A teenage slacker template that's clearly influenced everyone from Gus Van Sant to Larry Clark, but all of their combined works in this milieu far surpass this grungy, gormless antecedent that's like looking at the cast of STAND BY ME all grown up as wasters and dealing with a dead body all over again.
Speaking of influence, Steve Zahn appears to have based a large part of his persona/career on Crispin Glover's grating shtick.
Based on a true story, this bizarre small-town murder mystery takes the unusual step of eliminating the mystery altogether. We know who the killer is from the outset - volatile high school brute Samson (Daniel Roebuck) brags to his friends, including mellow Matt (Keanu Reeves) and Layne (crazyass Crispin Glover), that he killed his girlfriend down by the riverbank. Unbelieving of such a preposterous tale, Matt and the rest follow him down yonder and holy shit, he’s telling the truth, guys. But surprisingly, none of them have the inclination to turn Samson in for the crime, and allow the body to stay where it is. Interesting moral questions arise from Matt’s POV, as his conscience eventually starts nagging at him…
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