Upon hearing of this film in production, with such a stellar cast, it was hard not to get excited. However, realizing it went straight to dvd, brought forth valid concerns. From the opening action-packed scene, it's instantly obvious that what follows will either help make it a tense, provocative film, or a good "B" movie. "EDISON FORCE" becomes an entertaining, heavily flawed "B" movie.
Set in the near future, Timberlake plays an idealist reporter, wanting to break a big story. After becoming curious about police corruption following his own experience inside a courtroom, he digs deeper and finds himself in life and death twists and turns as he tried to bring out the truth. With the aid of a super detective(Spacey) and a decent district attorney, he moves ahead in his goal to find justice.
What could've been a classy thriller, instead, borrows heavily from "TRAINING DAY" without the skill. The cast give fine performances, but dialogue is so stilted, it ruins the potential of almost every scene.
Thankfully, the film's director does have a skill for making scenes appear bigger than the budget allows, and "EDISON FORCE" looks big in every way from beginning to end.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid throughout and it makes an impressive looking film, even more astounding to watch. There are some artifacts, but overall, it's a great transfer. Contrast is solid.
SONY has included a terrific Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's extremely aggressive and there are plenty of explosions, gunshots and panning sequences to impress the most picky listener. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
A featurette is included.