Excerpt: "The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson). That's what police brass and Craven himself think, but that's not what the investigation finds. In fact, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. Martin Campbell ('Casino Royale') directs from a screenplay written by Andrew Bovell and 'The Departed's' William Monahan.
Excerpt: "Edge of Darkness" is a top-notch thriller that will keep you on edge trying to figure out what will happen next. It's a well-crafted addition to a genre that has made a refreshing and welcome comeback in recent years.
Excerpt: If it seems like the nuclear weapons scandal powering the densely plotted narrative of Edge of Darkness has been airlifted straight out of the '80s, it's because it kind of was: Extracted from a 1985, six-part British miniseries, the film's indictment of the enmeshed interests of private and public sectors is both topical and pleasingly retro.
Excerpt: Gritty crime dramas predicated on revenge aren’t exactly the newest, most original, things in film. Ok, let’s face it, it’s as tried and true as the OK Corral or a romantic comedy. Still, when done right, they’re some of the more enjoyable genres of film out there. This, of course, brings us to Mel Gibson, who’s starred in a few of these himself: “Ransom” and “Payback” come to mind, though it might be argued that “Braveheart” is a story based solely on revenge as well.
Summary: Mel Gibson has finally returned to the screen. We keep hearing rumors of a new Lethal Weapon . Gibson shoots such talk down, but I have an inside source that tells me it is not necessarily a dead project. Gibson might be lured back with some production control, plus the need for a new hit. Gibson is showing his age, but his return here is a quality performance. Mel’s very much like “a bottle of Crown Royal with dust on it”.
Conclusion: Gibson is a master at his craft, and makes 'Edge of Darkness' worth watching. Unfortunately, it's conspiracy plot is reaching, and its villains could be swapped in and out of any corporate espionage movie out there. It does provide us with a unique dialogue-filled film, which is something I wasn't expecting going in. It's well written, but sadly it's a tad hard to hear the mumbles of the gruff actors without bumping up the audio a bit.
Excerpt: The Film The only thing Mel Gibson has been starring in lately is the tabloids. With the exception of those incidents, it seems that the only good Mel is an angry Mel, at least in the case of Edge of Darkness . Based on the '80s BBC miniseries of the same name, Gibson stars as Thomas Craven, a Boston detective without a proper Boston accent -- or a family, for that matter.
Excerpt: The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven. That's what police brass and Craven himself think, but that's not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. If Craven wasn't a target before, he - and anyone linked to his inquiry - now is.
Excerpt: Gibson's back in the saddle after a couple year hiatus from the silver screen and he plays a familiar character as a police officer looking to avenge his daughter's death. The film is based on an old BBC miniseries directed by Martin Cambell, who fortunately directs this feature as well. My only gripe is some gratuitous gore that didn't need to be included although I was wildly entertained.