Based on a play by David Mamet, this dark comedy follows jaded businessman Edmond Burke (Macy) as he sets out on a terrifying, existential quest for truth, self-discovery and redemption in the hellish underbelly of New York City. Edmond’s mid-life crisis journey is provoked when a teasing fortune-teller’s ruminations predict that a huge change is in order in Edmond’s life. As he realises that he has wasted his life, Edmond abandons his dull, failing existence and searches for meaning in the unlikeliest of places. Edmond soon finds that ‘real life’ is dark, stormy, and dangerously unpredictable. He’s robbed, beaten, humiliated, and left at rock bottom. What Edmond discovers however is that underneath it all lurks a strange comfort which he has never felt before; a comfort founded on wild, sexual encounters, bloody murders, and anything else one would expect from the back alleys of the Big Apple.
With a strong supporting cast (Julia Stiles, Joe Montegna, Bai Ling, Tom Sizemore), Edmond is a great film, which shows the true indie spirit. Reportedly, Macy was left on the set handcuffed and naked when prop-masters lost the key to his cuffs. The indie-wood star was left with nothing but a sock to cover his genitals. Whether you’re a fan of William H Macy, David Mamet, or naked men in handcuffs, this is not to be missed. HH