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Edmond
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Nov 14, 2006 By: Scott Weinberg
Edmond order
Director:
Stuart Gordon

Actors:
William H. Macy
Julia Stiles
Joe Mantegna

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An office-drone nobody makes a visit to the fortune teller, a meeting that sends the guy off into a night filled with paranoia, violence and tragedy.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The combination is simply too intriguing to dismiss: A play by David Mamet (GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS) being turned into a movIe by Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), and the star is William H. Macy (FARGO). Heck, sign me up for EDMOND!

Thoroughly misrepresented in its marketing materials, EDMOND is being advertised as some sort of "thriller," which is definitely is not. It's a movie about one man's unexpected and instantaneous detachment from our "normal" society, and the problems that inevitable arise when a person starts behaving outside the socially-accepted norms.

Basically, it's about a Normal Schmoe who loses his shit and slowly spirals down the drain and becomes just another statistic. But hey, it's a pretty darn fascinating degeneration to witness. And whether or not you like what EDMOND has to offer, there's little denying that the lead performance by William H. Macy is what's known in the industry as "a force of nature." If all you know of Billy Macy is that he's an amiable-looking nice-guy buffoon, then you should immediately sprint to the video store and rent this movie. In a just movie-world, Macy would get an Oscar nomination for this flick.

Equally compelling are the colorful kooks who keep popping up throughout poor Edmond's descent into white-collar lunacy. Folks like Julia Stiles, Denise Richards, Jeffrey Combs, Joe Mantegna, Mena Suvari, Bai Ling, Debi Mazar and Dylan Walsh add a lot of spice to the potentially dour proceedings -- plus they all get big mouthfuls of Mametspeak to deliver, most of which is quite dazzling to the eardrums.

It's not exactly a "happy" movie, but it sure is a fascinating one. Sort of a more verbose take on what we've seen in movies like FALLING DOWN, EDMOND is a strange and vaguely disturbing little indie -- which means I really liked it.

THE EXTRAS
There's an 11-minute featurette called Every Fear Hides a Wish: The EDMOND Diary that's not too shabby. A few cast interviews mixed with some on-set production footage.

You'll also find a 7-minute batch of deleted scenes, and not one but TWO audio commentaries: one with director Stuart Gordon and the other with playwright/screenwriter David Mamet.

So while the extras aren't all that plentiful, the quality is there. And that's how we like 'em.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Combine Mamet's addictively twisted look at human nature with Gordon's well-honed sense of gallows humor, toss in a superlative performance from Macy and a bunch of game character actors... Good flick; give it a shot.
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