Edge of the World is a period piece adventure directed by Michael Haussman and written by Rob Allyn that transports audiences to the jungles of Borneo at the time when “the sun never set on the British Empire.” James Brooke (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), disillusioned with his life as a British Empire soldier, embarks on a journey around the world in the hopes of discovering himself. At the height of Victorian Britain, the two explorers team up with his cousin Arthur Crookshanks (Dominic Monaghan) to fill in the missing margins of the map. James arrives in Borneo with the goal of documenting his experiences and reconnecting with nature. James and Art, on the other hand, were enlisted by locals to put down a revolt. IMDB
Aside from the scholarly, the director creates a tense, gloomy mood throughout the movie. Each sight captures the aura of adventure and mystery that drew James to the Malaysian state on Borneo’s coast. The film’s terrific score adds to these situations, producing suspense in every darting combat and tranquillity in every picture of the stunning scenery. Edge of the World, on the other hand, has some pace issues. When pacing is a problem, it’s usually because scenes are too fast to keep up with or sequences are painfully slow. This is a peculiar combination of the two. Some moments pass so quickly that you don’t have time to process the severity of what’s going on, while others are long and winding.