Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: The Edge/ The Descent/ Joy Ride

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

June 13, 2019

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked in the past.

This week Jensen brought us three different original films as an alternative to the summer blockbuster sequels and reboots that are currently being released in theaters. You can currently watch these films on Amazon Prime today...

The first film is “The Edge.” It’s a 1997 action survival film starring Alec Baldwin and Sir Anthony Hopkins. It’s Jensen’s favorite action movie ever and he considers it a modern day masterpiece. It’s written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet. The Edge is an intense and nonstop emotional terror ride about a Billionaire played by Hopkins, who is married to a young swimsuit model played by Elle Macpherson. He accompanies her on a photo shoot to a remote village in Alaska for a famous photographer played by Baldwin. The plane crash lands in a great crash scene and becomes a rare mixture of important dialogue and nail-biting fury that is near impossible to achieve. It is sometimes commonly referred to as “The Bear Movie” because there is a bear in it that has a prominent role, but it’s much more than that. Bean did not hesitate to co-sign this film, calling it a great movie and a battle of will, intelligence, and stamina between the Baldwin and Hopkins where you don’t know who to root for. Jensen refuses to spoil the movie for you, so you’ll have to watch it to see what happens.

The second film is “The Descent.” It’s a 2005 horror action movie out of Britain directed by Neil Marshal, who went on to direct two episodes of “Game of Thrones.” One of which was nominated for an Emmy Award. “The Descent” follows six female spelunkers who go into an uncharted cave. They battle claustrophobia, unexplained demons, and their own issues of betrayal and rage. The movie was very low budget, but it was a success in theaters and spawned two very bad sequels. It centers on the monster genre but it handles the dramatic turns very well. So well that one critic called it the modern day “Alien.”

The third film is “Joy Ride.” It’s a 2001 road thriller starring Paul Walker (R.I.P), playing a college student on summer break. His girlfriend is played by Leelee Sobieski and his brother is played by Steve Zahn. It’s was directed by John Dahl and written by Clay Tarver, who would go on to showrun “Silicone Valley” for several years, and also J.J. Abrams. “Joy Ride” follows the two brothers as they drive across the country on summer break to pick up Walker’s girlfriend. Along the way, they play a prank on a truck driver via CB radio and they pay the price for the rest of the trip. There are some similarities to a film called “Duel” that Steven Spielberg made in his early 20’s, but it’s still a great, original, well-shot thriller that is a ton of fun to watch with friends. This movie suffered from bad marketing and a somewhat ambiguous title. 

All three movies are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. This summer you’ll only hear about the new movies being released in theaters and they’ll mostly be revisiting something you already know. These three films don’t get the credit they deserve so check them out because there are a ton of movies you haven’t seen and they’re probably better than the crap being funneled into the theaters this month.