A group of home invaders, spearheaded by Jack Pryor (Robert Patrick), end up in the middle of nowhere, tormenting and attempting to murder a married Chinese couple and their friend. An absolute must for any old-school Prison Break fan as Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, Amaury Nolasco and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe all re-unite for the low budget, 2018 release, Edge of Fear. If however, you were watching this after spotting it randomly on Netflix and expecting something rather special – you’ll be left bitterly disappointed.
Director: Bobby Roth
Writers: Scott Barkan, Gregg Zehentner, Daxing Zhang
Starring: Robert Knepper, Robert Patrick, Amaury Nolasco
In fairness, Edge of Fear did start with a little bit of promise and action. A bus full of convicts were ran off the top of a mountain into the deep waters below, but after this shocking, yet effective opening sequence, it only seemed to get worse from then on. The kindest way to describe the acting throughout the movie would be by stating that is was satisfactory at best, while poor in patches.
One minor issue I’d raise would have to be the way in which the filmmakers portrayed the heroic main man, Patrick Chen (Shen Lin). Patrick started off as a timid, introverted husband that was having trouble hunting and killing deer with his friend, Mike (Rockmond Dunbar), but eventually found himself successfully defending and destroying the majority of the home invaders that came before him, by seemingly transforming into the Terminator – not the most realistic turn of events, it has to be said. As far as the deaths went, they seemed to get more far-fetched as the story developed and you found yourself wondering where the writers got such absurd ideas for on-screen deaths from.
Another issue would have to be the way in which the main characters managed to avoid their seemingly certain deaths. At one point, there was even a character walking around with a knife lodged firmly in his chest, still causing chaos and extracting revenge.
While the filmmakers didn’t excel when it came to realism, it’s fair to say that they had a better shot at it with the twists and turns throughout. For sure, they were predictable at times, but at the same time they left you wondering what was going to happen next as a viewer.
Not the finest Friday night entertainment, but certainly watchable if seeing the old Prison Break crew (minus one or two) would put a smile on your face and bring the memories flooding back – I know it did for me.
“This isn’t going well, Jack…”Victor Novak – Edge of Fear