This unbelievable tale brings (Anthony Hopkins) Charles Morse, billionaire, his beautiful wife Mickey (Elle McPherson), model and Robert Green (Alec Baldwin), photographer, into the wilds of Alaska. Fortunately the great performance by Hopkins and the beauty of Alaska (not that I would want to go there) help pull this story together.
While on a film shoot, Green and Morse take an air trip that ends in disaster. After their plane is forced down, they begin to encounter a number of things that make this story less than easy to believe. In the first place, the pilot of the plane is injured. Normally, not a problem but they are in the wilds, have no protection and no one knows where they are. No one, that is, except one big assed bear! Hence the problem with the injury - the bear will be drawn to the scent of blood.
You assume from the beginning there is a bit of bad blood between Morse and Green, obviously over Mickey, Morse's wife. Myself, I would probably choose Hopkins, but this is the movies and she is gonna go for Baldwin every time.
Since he is accustomed to being in control,. Morse takes charge of the attempt to return to camp and tells Green to be sure and get rid of the bloody clothing from the pilot. Of course, Green does not follow instructions, men being men, and this causes the bear to begin the hunt. The pilot becomes a tasty snack in a really violent scene and Green and Morse are off and on the run.
Now you have to realize these guys were not prepared to be trekking across open Alaskan territory - Morse is in dress shoes and a coat, Green not in much better shape. There are the usual one guy trying to outdo the other guy scenes and some really horrendous interaction with this bear. This is a REALLY BIG BEAR! Of course, the bear is killed after a lot of trials and the boys' continue their trek.
They get caught in storms and snow and all manner of bad Alaskan things but somehow end up in a cabin along a lake with a leaky boat. There is a gun involved, the truth comes out about Green and Morse's wife, there is more fighting and macho bad boy stuff. In the end, Green falls to his own demise and Morse, ever victorious (how did you think he got so durn rich if he wasn't smart) sails down the river with Green's body to return home to the unfaithful wife.
There is a lot left unsaid and open in this story but is a good action flick anyway. Of course I was turned off by the improbability that these men would have been able to survive at all under these circumstances - pushing me to The Edge" just like it did them. McPherson, with her limited acting ability, fortunately wasn't present during most of the movie, as it was based on the "GUYS" and their over inflated egos. Hopkins gave a good performance and in my epinion pulled a good deal of the movie together, Baldwin played his usual mediocre self.
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An aging billionaire (Hopkins) and a fashion photographer (Baldwin) having an affair with the rich man's wife must struggle against the elements--including a man-eating bear--after their plane goes down in the Alaskan wild. An unusually dense and cerebral wilderness thriller, penned by literatus David Mamet and helmed by Tamahori (ONCE WERE WARRIORS).