Knife Edge is a film that there isnít
particularly much to say about. I could waffle on for hours talking
about the ďcomplexĒ mystery plot, or the oddly inserted side
storylines, but that would be spoiling it and like the film itself
would be rather boring. See, Knife Edge isnít a very good film, but
itís not a horribly awful one either. Itís just substandard in every
way, featuring nothing that hits one extreme or the other, apart
from the acting, which slides to the unfortunate end of the scale.
The end result is a run of the mill mystery, horror, haunted house
film that is only really noticeable by how unnoticeable it is.
Natalie Press plays Emma, a stockbroker living
in New York who returns home to England to start a new life with her
French husband Henri (Matthieu
Boujenah) and their kid in a massive isolated mansion in
the country. As expected, something is amiss and Emma begins having
vision of terrible things being committed there, and their son has a
very creepy relationship with a new toy he finds in the house.
Basically itís a bunch of horror clichťs mashed together complete
with passing visual nods to The Shining (just you know, not good).
Towards the end multiple twists and turns are made to try make some
more excitement out of the rather static first half. The first half
devotes a lot of time to the mystery of the house, but only
divulging things very slowly. It would be effective if during this
half there were some intriguing scares, but they all come off rather
half baked. It doesnít help that the film looks like a made for
television movie that was due for release fifteen years ago either.
The direction is competent but the film as a whole isnít
particularly aesthetically pleasing.
Knife Edge really isnít helped by its lead
performances, which are rather woeful across the board. Natalie
Press seems like every action she makes in the film is laboured, and
makes her dialogue sound like she isnít familiar with the English
Matthieu Boujenah also
suffers, as his natural French accent makes much of his delivery
sound unintentionally hilarious in what is meant to be an unsettling
film. Making matters worse Boujenah isnít doing a world class job
either, which means the two characters the viewer is supposed to be
invested in are hard to watch.
Overall there isnít much to recommend about
Knife Edge. It is not a film that needs to be dragged through the
mud, and it isnít one that can be laughed at for its comical
poorness. Instead it is just forgettable, in fact it would be
completely forgotten if it wasnít for two rather horrible lead
performances. Itís not really worth a watch, unless you are an
obsessive horror movie fan and must see everything that comes out.
Even then it isnít really worth the money.