Poignant with many fine details, despite a clunky narrative, On The Edge brings audiences on that fine line with a polar ice atmosphere and some unexpected twists.
The plot follows Leo Castaneda (Antonio de la Torre) working as a train driver, but he witnesses a young man fall on the train tracks and later passes away in surgery. That individual turns out to be his son Hugo (Noe Englebert). Leo goes on an investigation of sorts trying to uncover what occurred while also being tracked down by a police group, unraveling the case simultaneously. It turns out that Hugo was involved in a heist crime that occurred and has a gunshot wound on his body.
Torre exemplifies the performance of a man dealing with the hardened moments, losing his cool at several key moments and battling the depression and hidden details of his life exceptionally. The cinematography adds some beautiful elements of contrast and darkness, adding a cryptic color to the feature, and the music overlays to accentuate this. However, while noble for the auteur stamp, it feels less cognizant of having a worthwhile narrative and sometimes develops a feverish rhythm at odds with its comprehension regarding twists and events. Sometimes, it renders out as being dull when it claws its way toward the ending.
In a sense, it starts hot with a scintillating (and controversial) opening to have us hooked; then it lingers on for another 90 minutes with mediocre results and not much advancing in terms of arc outside Torre’s intentions. Fortunately, it has many more positives than negatives to hold it up for its duration, so it can adequately stand up.
While not the most engaging thriller on the market, several intricate details make this motions picture a passable experience.