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.
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.
Excerpt: Mel Gibson. What can be said for the man as an actor? How about, he should never, ever try to pull off a deep Boston accent again? That works. For a politically charged thriller that is trying to establish itself as legitimate, Gibson’s accent as Massachusetts detective Thomas Craven is laughable at times. In spots, it barely registers. Other times, it is so blatant you wonder if he is voicing a cartoon character, raising the pitch to absurd levels.
Excerpt: Brash, thrilling, and unapologetic, director Pierre Morel's Taken arrived in style in 2008, dishing out a delicious helping of faux-gritty genre fun. But let's not delude ourselves. While it was immensely quotable ("what I do have are a very particular set of skills") and terribly satisfying, it wasn't groundbreaking by any means. It just did what it did extremely well. Casino Royale director Martin Campbell's Edge of Darkness is a different beast entirely.
Excerpt: If there’s any reason to watch Edge of Darkness , it’s Mel Gibson, returning to acting in a starring role for the first time since 2002’s Signs . A lot’s happened to him since then, and because it’s been so long since we’ve really seen him, the years weigh heavily on his face. You can see life in the craggy lines around his eyes, you see a man who’s experienced the world and been changed by it.