Edge (film)

Edge is a 2015 television pilot[2] produced by Amazon Studios. It is a Western set in Kansas based on the Edge book series by George G. Gilman.

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Based onEdge book series by George G. Gilman
Written byShane Black
Fred Dekker
Directed byShane Black
StarringMax Martini
Theme music composerBrian Tyler
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Shane Black
Johnny Dawkins
Fred Dekker
David Greenblatt
Barry Josephson
Tony Mark
Ellen Stafford
CinematographyDante Spinotti
Editor(s)Harry B. Miller III
Running time62 minutes
Production company(s)Amazon Studios
Original networkAmazon Video
Original release‹See TfM›
  • November 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)


Josiah Hedges, also known as Edge, is a half-Mexican hired gunslinger who sets out for vengeance after his younger brother is killed by a group of his former comrades in the Union Army. The group is led by Edge's nemesis, Merritt Harknett, a psychotic sadist who delights in inflicting pain on others and who also seeks something in Edge's possession.[3]



Edge was released as a pilot for a potential TV series but was not picked up by Amazon.


In general, critics appreciated the action and effects of the pilot but were critical of the writing and story.

Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times called the action "well staged" but called the film an uncomfortable combination in which the supposedly realistic brutality "is contradicted by the super-anti-heroic invincibility of its death-dealing central character."[4]

Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times called it "an ultraviolent western that starts out with promise but degenerates into gore for gore's sake." He further wrote that the only reason to produce something so over the top "is to appeal to bloodlust" and that "by the pilot’s end, it barely matters who is killing whom or why."[5]

Barry Lowry of Variety.com wrote that "too much of the writing misses the bull's-eye."[6]


  1. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Edge/dp/B017AOYAJU
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (2015-11-04). "TV Review: Amazon's Pilot Season, From 'Edge' To 'Z'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  3. ^ "2015 Amazon Studios Pilots". Deadline. 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  4. ^ "Amazon pilots for fall 2015: The long and short of 'Edge,' 'Patriot,' 'Good Girls Revolt' and more". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  5. ^ Hale, Mike; Genzlinger, Neil; Poniewozik, James (2015-11-04). "Reviews: Amazon Pilots Include a Revolt and the Supernatural". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (2015-11-04). "TV Review: Amazon's Pilot Season, From 'Edge' To 'Z'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-29.

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