Tim Hunter's River's ed ge is an unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic.
Tim Hunter’s River’s ed ge is an unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic.
The setting is a small town, presumably in Oregon. Pic opens with 12-year-old Tim destroying his kid sister’s doll and then spotting high-schooler Samson sitting on the river bank with the naked body of a girl he’s just murdered. Tim’s reaction is to steal a couple of cans of beer for the killer.
But they’re really nice at heart, the film seems to be saying. They have to cope with broken homes and the threat of the Bomb, otherwise they wouldn’t be so hopeless.
As group leader Layne, Crispin Glover could have used more restraint: he gives a busy, fussy performance. Others in the cast are more effective, with young Joshua Miller particularly Striking as the awful child, Tim.