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i_PP
swear_VB
i_PP
have_HV
seen_VBN
the_DT
edge_NN
before_IN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
it_PP
reminded_VBD
me_PP
of_IN
the_DT
bear_NN
,_,
the_DT
river_NN
wild_JJ
,_,
and_CC
other_JJ
various_JJ
films_NNS
mixed_VBN
into_IN
an_DT
entirely_RB
different_JJ
film_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
edge_NN
has_HVZ
done_DON
something_PN
that_CS
most_DT
action_NN
films_NNS
should_MD
do_DO
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
is_BEZ
add_VB
heart_NN
and_CC
characters_NNS
we_PP
like_VB
to_TO
the_DT
plot_NN
._.
in_IN
doing_DOG
so_RB
,_,
the_DT
edge_NN
draws_VBZ
many_DT
more_DT
suspenseful_JJ
moments_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
cliched_JJ
scenes_NNS
than_CS
,_,
say_VB
,_,
the_DT
peacemaker_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
because_CS
of_IN
those_DT
overused_JJ
moments_NNS
,_,
we_PP
can_MD
pretty_RB
much_RB
guess_VB
the_DT
outcome_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
but_CC
leave_VB
it_PP
to_IN
screenwriter_NN
david_NP
mamet_NN
to_IN
add_VB
humor_NN
and_CC
a_DT
few_DT
surprises_NNS
to_IN
mess_NN
with_IN
your_PP$
head_NN
._.
one_CD
surprise_NN
,_,
in_IN
particular_JJ
,_,
left_JJ
me_PP
smiling_JJ
just_RB
because_CS
mamet_NN
actually_RB
had_HVD
the_DT
guts_NNS
to_IN
add_VB
it_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
script_NN
._.
action_NN
films_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
dime_???
a_NN
dozen_NN
in_IN
hollywood_NP
,_,
and_CC
while_CS
they_PP
are_BER
somewhat_RB
successful_JJ
at_IN
entertaining_JJ
us_NP
,_,
they_PP
lack_NN
the_DT
one_CD
thing_NN
which_WDT
would_MD
make_VB
them_PP
a_DT
more_DT
respected_JJ
genre_NN
:_:
intelligence_NN
._.
even_RB
horror_NN
films_NNS
have_HV
learned_VBN
this_DT
,_,
a_DT
genre_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
probably_RB
the_DT
least_RBS
respected_JJ
of_IN
them_PP
all_PDT
._.
the_DT
river_NN
wild_JJ
was_BEDZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
action_NN
/_SYM
suspense_NN
films_NNS
i_PP
have_HV
seen_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
90s_CD
._.
the_DT
intelligence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
screenplay_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
suspense_NN
drawn_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
realistic_JJ
characters_NNS
is_BEZ
nearly_RB
unmatched_VBN
to_IN
this_DT
day_NN
._.
the_DT
edge_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
intelligence_NN
and_CC
smart_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
but_CC
this_DT
time_NN
the_DT
lack_NN
of_IN
originality_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
downfall_NN
._.
i_PP
must_MD
admit_VB
that_DT
it_PP
was_BEDZ
very_RB
suspenseful_JJ
,_,
and_CC
had_HVD
an_DT
original_JJ
third_OD
half_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
first_OD
hour_NN
and_CC
a_DT
half_NN
is_BEZ
riddled_VBN
with_IN
cliches_NNS
and_CC
plot_NN
holes_NNS
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
an_DT
example_NN
of_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
act_NN
saving_NN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
instead_RB
of_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
way_NN
around_IN
(_(
as_CS
in_IN
the_DT
lost_JJ
world_NN
)_)
._.
if_CS
only_RB
the_DT
screenplay_NN
had_HVD
maintained_VBN
the_DT
final_JJ
thirty_CD
minutes_NNS
'_"
intensity_NN
,_,
it_PP
could_MD
have_HV
become_VBN
a_DT
great_JJ
action_NN
film_NN
(_(
and_CC
i_PP
use_VB
the_DT
term_NN
loosely_RB
)_)
._.
the_DT
edge_NN
is_BEZ
pretty_JJ
much_RB
a_DT
survival-of-the-fittest_NN
film_NN
._.
but_CC
taking_VBG
scream_NN
's_POS
lead_NN
,_,
the_DT
edge_NN
makes_VBZ
fun_NN
of_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
's_POS
cliches_NNS
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
uses_VBZ
them_PP
(_)
though_CS
not_XNOT
quite_RB
as_IN
effectively_RB
)_(
._.
charles_NP
morse_NP
(_(
anthony_NP
hopkins_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
main_JJ
character_NN
,_,
a_DT
rich_JJ
and_CC
very_RB
intelligent_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
wonders_VBZ
what_WDT
the_DT
accumulation_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
this_DT
knowledge_NN
has_HVZ
brought_VBN
to_IN
him_PP
._.
for_IN
once_RB
,_,
we_PP
don't_DO
immediately_RB
care_VB
for_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
character_NN
._.
instead_RB
,_,
we_PP
like_VB
bob_NP
(_(
alec_NP
baldwin_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
photographer_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
take_VB
pictures_NNS
of_IN
charles_NP
'_"
wife_NN
,_,
mickey_NP
(_(
elle_FW
macpherson_NP
)_)
,_,
out_RP
in_IN
the_DT
wilderness_NN
._.
they_PP
board_NN
a_DT
plane_NN
and_CC
head_NN
to_IN
a_DT
cabin_NN
somewhere_RB
in_IN
the_DT
arctic_JJ
._.
charles_NP
'_"
birthday_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
same_DT
day_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
receives_VBZ
a_DT
gold_NN
watch_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
pocket_NN
knife_NN
from_IN
bob_NP
._.
as_CS
action_NN
films_NNS
go_VB
,_,
these_DT
items_NNS
do_DO
have_HV
importance_NN
to_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
but_CC
quite_RB
a_DT
bit_NN
more_DT
than_CS
we_PP
first_OD
expect_VB
._.
soon_RB
,_,
however_RB
,_,
bob_NP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
find_NN
a_DT
native_JJ
to_IN
shoot_NN
pictures_NNS
of_IN
because_CS
of_IN
his_PP$
"_"
personality_NN
._.
"_"
charles_NP
,_,
bob_NP
,_,
bob_NP
's_POS
assistant_NN
steve_NP
(_(
harold_NP
perrineau_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
pilot_NN
head_NN
off_IN
to_IN
find_NN
him_PP
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
shown_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
previews_NNS
,_,
hit_VBD
a_DT
flock_NN
of_IN
birds_NNS
flying_VBG
south_NN
for_IN
the_DT
winter_NN
._.
down_IN
the_DT
plane_NN
goes_VBZ
,_,
the_DT
pilot_NN
is_BEZ
killed_VBN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
three_CD
are_BER
left_VBN
to_IN
survive_VB
in_IN
the_DT
wilderness_NN
._.
director_NN
lee_NP
tamahori_???
is_BEZ
aware_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
silly_JJ
plot_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
follow_VB
,_,
and_CC
therefore_RB
has_HVZ
to_TO
create_VB
original_JJ
ways_NNS
to_IN
approach_NN
the_DT
situations_NNS
._.
he_PP
succeeds_VBZ
often_RB
enough_RB
for_IN
us_NP
to_IN
enjoy_VB
the_DT
film_NN
._.
take_VB
,_,
for_IN
instance_NN
,_,
the_DT
entire_JJ
man-hunting_NN
bear_NN
plot_NN
._.
this_DT
has_HVZ
been_BEN
done_DON
many_DT
times_NNS
in_IN
films_NNS
with_IN
different_JJ
animals_NNS
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
bears_VBZ
._.
but_CC
given_VBN
the_DT
charles_NP
'_"
intelligence_NN
,_,
and_CC
bob_NP
's_POS
uncertainty_NN
,_,
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
cliches_NNS
are_BER
given_VBN
fresh_JJ
twists_NNS
._.
even_RB
charles_NP
himself_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
seen_VBN
these_DT
action_NN
films_NNS
before_IN
._.
my_PP$
favorite_JJ
line_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
comes_VBZ
from_IN
charles_NP
:_:
"_"
most_DT
people_NN
die_VB
in_IN
the_DT
wilderness_NN
because_CS
they_PP
didn't_DOD
do_DO
the_DT
one_CD
thing_NN
that_CS
could_MD
save_VB
their_PP$
life_NN
._.
._.
._.
thinking_NN
._.
"_"
despite_IN
the_DT
predictability_NN
of_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
plot_NN
,_,
a_DT
subplot_NN
develops_VBZ
late_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
which_WDT
took_VBD
me_PP
by_IN
surprise_NN
,_,
and_CC
made_VBD
me_PP
smile_NN
when_CS
i_PP
realized_VBD
that_CS
everything_PN
isn't_BEZ
as_CS
it_PP
seems_VBZ
anymore_RB
._.
i_PP
have_HV
to_TO
write_VB
cautiously_RB
as_IN
to_IN
not_XNOT
reveal_NN
this_DT
surprise_NN
,_,
so_RB
instead_RB
i_PP
will_MD
avoid_VB
it_PP
entirely_RB
._.
the_DT
first_OD
two-thirds_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
have_HV
many_DT
humorous_JJ
moments_NNS
to_IN
push_NN
it_PP
along_IN
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
of_IN
charles_NP
'_"
survival_NN
techniques_NNS
seem_VB
possible_JJ
,_,
even_RB
making_VBG
fire_NN
from_IN
ice_NN
._.
tamahori_???
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
create_VB
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
suspense_NN
from_IN
the_DT
stalking_NN
bear_NN
,_,
but_CC
whenever_WRB
the_DT
bear_NN
is_BEZ
present_JJ
,_,
the_DT
characters_NNS
lose_VB
all_PDT
sensibility_NN
._.
i_PP
have_HV
always_RB
wondered_VBN
why_WRB
characters_NNS
in_IN
films_NNS
walk_VB
over_IN
a_DT
log_NN
to_IN
get_VB
across_IN
water_NN
._.
why_WRB
not_XNOT
do_DO
what_WDT
an_DT
intelligent_JJ
person_NN
would_MD
and_CC
crawl_VB
across_IN
?_?
i_PP
guess_VB
getting_VBG
chased_VBD
by_IN
a_DT
bear_NN
makes_VBZ
your_PP$
thought_NN
process_NN
turn_NN
off_IN
for_IN
a_DT
while_NN
._.
thankfully_RB
,_,
we_PP
already_RB
have_HV
begun_VBN
to_IN
care_NN
for_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
and_CC
so_RB
we_PP
let_VB
this_DT
small_JJ
detail_NN
slide_NN
._.
but_CC
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
technical_JJ
details_NNS
are_BER
awkward_JJ
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
the_DT
nice_JJ
stitching_NN
done_DON
on_IN
the_DT
fur_NN
coat_NN
that_CS
charles_NP
and_CC
bob_NP
make_VB
(_(
where_CS
did_DOD
they_PP
get_VB
thread_NN
and_CC
needles_NNS
?_?
)_)
._.
the_DT
acting_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
highly_RB
above_IN
average_JJ
for_IN
a_DT
film_NN
of_IN
this_DT
nature_NN
,_,
and_CC
borders_NNS
on_IN
phenomenal_JJ
._.
anthony_NP
hopkins_NP
gives_VBZ
a_DT
terrific_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
creating_VBG
his_PP$
most_DT
likeable_JJ
and_CC
layered_JJ
character_NN
since_CS
remains_VBZ
of_IN
the_DT
day_NN
._.
hopkins_NP
usually_RB
brings_VBZ
greatness_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
roles_NNS
,_,
but_CC
here_RB
he_PP
exceeds_VBZ
at_IN
gaining_VBG
the_DT
audiences_NNS
'_"
sympathy_NN
,_,
something_PN
he_PP
definitely_RB
did_DOD
not_XNOT
do_DO
in_IN
silence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lambs_NNS
._.
alec_NP
baldwin_NP
gives_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
best_JJS
performances_NNS
i_PP
have_HV
ever_RB
seen_VBN
(_(
it_NN
sure_JJ
is_BEZ
better_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
fair_JJ
game_NN
)_)
._.
baldwin_NP
can_MD
be_BE
a_DT
good_JJ
or_CC
a_DT
bad_JJ
character_NN
,_,
and_CC
here_RB
he_PP
succeeds_VBZ
at_IN
both_PDT
in_IN
a_DT
way_NN
._.
you_PP
can_MD
never_RB
quite_RB
guess_VB
if_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
nice_JJ
or_CC
a_DT
vllainous_JJ
character_NN
until_CS
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
and_CC
baldwin_NP
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
handle_VB
the_DT
double-natured_JJ
photographer_NN
._.
elle_FW
macpherson_NP
gives_VBZ
a_DT
good_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
albeit_CS
slight_JJ
._.
she_PP
isn't_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
all_PDT
that_DT
much_DT
,_,
but_CC
for_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
she_PP
does_DOZ
have_HV
,_,
she_PP
handles_VBZ
as_CS
an_DT
actress_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
as_CS
a_DT
model_NN
._.
harold_NP
perrineau_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
good_JJ
actor_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
scenes_NNS
are_BER
nice_JJ
and_CC
underplayed_VBN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
eliminated_VBN
early_JJ
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
reveal_VB
nothing_PN
by_IN
saying_VBG
this_DT
because_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
inevitable_JJ
and_CC
predictable_JJ
._.
the_DT
edge_NN
is_BEZ
rated_VBN
r_NN
for_IN
graphic_JJ
violence_NN
,_,
some_DT
gore_NP
,_,
and_CC
language_NN
._.
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
violence_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
little_JJ
too_RB
disturbing_JJ
,_,
even_RB
for_IN
me_PP
._.
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
nice_JJ
change_NN
from_IN
the_DT
mindless_JJ
action_NN
most_DT
of_IN
us_PP
are_BER
used_VBN
to_IN
,_,
but_CC
too_RB
many_DT
cliches_NNS
bog_NN
it_PP
down_RP
._.
director_NN
tamahori_???
has_HVZ
created_JJ
a_NN
very_RB
smooth_JJ
and_CC
suspenseful_JJ
action_NN
film_NN
out_RP
of_IN
recycled_JJ
parts_NNS
._.
david_NP
mamet_NN
's_POS
script_NN
,_,
though_CS
,_,
has_HVZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
to_IN
keep_VB
the_DT
first_OD
hour_NN
afloat_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
solid_JJ
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
thing_NN
about_IN
the_DT
script_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
ending_NN
which_WDT
doesn't_DOZ
end_NN
with_IN
the_DT
normal_JJ
high-strung_JJ
action_NN
sequence_NN
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
detail_NN
involving_VBG
a_DT
certain_JJ
gift_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
nice_JJ
touch_NN
considering_VBG
what_WDT
we_PP
have_HV
had_HVN
to_TO
go_VB
through_IN
with_IN
the_DT
bear_NN
._.
and_CC
by_IN
the_DT
way_NN
,_,
most_DT
people_NN
laughed_VBD
when_CS
the_DT
film_NN
faded_VBD
to_TO
black_VB
due_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
large_JJ
credit_NN
to_IN
bart_???
the_DT
bear_NN
._.
way_NN
to_IN
go_VB
,_,
bart_???
._.
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