Edison (film)

Edison (also known as Edison Force in the United States), is a 2005 American thriller film written and directed by David J. Burke, and starring Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake and Kevin Spacey.

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Directed byDavid J. Burke
Written byDavid J. Burke
Produced byBoaz Davidson
Randall Emmett
George Furla
John Thompson
StarringMorgan Freeman
LL Cool J
Justin Timberlake
Kevin Spacey
CinematographyFrancis Kenny
Edited byCasey O. Rohrs
Music byMachine Head
Tobias Enhus
H. Scott Salinas
Distributed byMillennium Films
Release date
  • September 17, 2005 (2005-09-17) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[1][2]
Box office$4,143,414[3]


There is a force of corrupt cops called F.R.A.T, and the policemen who work for F.R.A.T are above the law. That is, until Joshua Pollack, an Edison journalist discovers a glitch in the system. Now, with the help of those who he trusts, he might be able to take F.R.A.T down.



While the film was in production, some people speculated from the title of the film and the limited story details of corrupt officers that the film was based upon the New Jersey township of Edison, since the township's recent (as of that time) controversy involving its police force.[citation needed] Writer and film director David J. Burke claimed that the name "Edison" was derived from its common association with the inventor and business leader Thomas Edison, which led to thoughts of "electricity, power and industry."[4]


The film was originally supposed to see a US release in the spring of 2005; however, due to its poor reviews from critics after its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, its release to cinemas in the US and most other countries was cancelled. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film, originally titled Edison, as Edison Force, direct–to–video on July 18, 2006.[5] The film was released in theaters in Netherlands on March 12, 2006.


On Rotten Tomatoes Edison has an approval rating of 13% based on reviews from 8 critics.[6]

In September 2017, when a Twitter user asked his followers to "name one bad Kevin Spacey movie", Spacey himself responded and simply wrote Edison.[7]


  1. ^ Stax (December 3, 2003). "Movie Stars, Dirty Cops Found in Edison". IGN. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ XSSIV (December 3, 2003). "'Edison' cast includes Freeman, Spacey and LL Cool J". MovieWeb. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  3. ^ "Edison Force". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "The writing studio — The art of writing and making films — EDISON". Writing Studio. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  5. ^ "Edison Force (2005)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  6. ^ "Edison (Edison Force) (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kevin Spacey's Twitter (2017)". Twitter. Retrieved September 7, 2017.

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