A very predictable and dull 'thriller' involving the courtroom 'drama'
around Jeff Bridges being tried for the murder of his wife.
Represented in his trial by Glenn Close, in one of her poorer and less
interesting performances, this was pretty much a bore fest from start to
And the twist was about as twisted as a ruler..
Enjoyable - if flawed thriller. WARNING: SPOILERS!!
I watched this film on late-night television the other day, years after
seeing it on video for the first time. It is still quite a gripping movie,
but like BASIC INSTINCT, which was also written by Joe Eszterhas, it is a
frustrating experience. The climax of that film ruins what effectively works
well up to that point, in much the same way the the ending of THE SIXTH
SENSE betrayed it's set-up.
If characters are so, so smart, why do they deliberately, or perhaps why
does the writer, make it all the more convenient for them to be caught out?
It applies to both sides of the coin, not just villains.
JAGGED EDGE is slickly produced, with very crisp and open staged scenes and
typical Eszterhas trademarks - sex, insinuation, tension - are all here. The
actors, notably Peter Coyote and Robert Loggia, steal the film from Close
and Bridges and John Barry's score is understated enough without offsetting
the events on screen..