On the Edge
Time Out saysHere's a one-off, or rather three-off: a trio of sci-fi short stories, each directed by a leading actress. Mirren's 'Happy Birthday' (ex-Keith Laumer) is the most flamboyant, an ironic winning-through parable, with Poitier prevailing in an over-populated futuristic hell. 'The Other Side' (ex-Bruce Holland Rogers) is Masterson's adaptation of a yarn about technology gone awry: a dying scientist hopes to live on via his clone, but the clone has other plans. Heche's 'Reaching Normal' (ex-Walter M Miller) suffers most from the compulsory brevity: its complicated plot, involving psychic twinning, cries out for more leisurely development. Memel directed the wraparound bits and produced (for cable and on a frugal budget) this intriguing if only fitfully satisfying package.
Cast and crew
Sydney Tamiia Poitier, John Goodman, Christopher Lloyd, David Hyde Pierce, Beverly D'Angelo, Karen Sillas, Paul Rudd, Joel Grey, Helen Mirren, Anthony LaPaglia, Bruce Davison, Andie MacDowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Scott Lowell