Edge of Darkness

Edge of Darkness

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Edge of Darkness

As homicide detective Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson, back from a seven year screen hiatus) investigates the death of his political-activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), based on his own 1985 BBC mini-series.

2010Rating: R16, contains violence & offensive language 117 minsUSA
DramaMysteryThriller
Director:
Martin Campbell ('Casino Royale', 'The Legend of Zorro', 'Vertical Limit', 'GoldenEye')
Cast:
Mel GibsonRay WinstoneDanny HustonShawn RobertsDenis O'Hare
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Campbell's topnotch production team yields predictably polished results, but the director's decision to revisit the late Troy Kennedy Martin's teleplay, finally, feels lacking.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Gibson proves he’s still not to be messed with in a film that reasserts him as a sturdy, if rather grizzled leading man. A pity, though, this required Campbell to cookie-cut his masterly ’80s TV series into a formulaic actioner.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Edge of Darkness is reasonably well executed, but its competence reeks of fatigue. Another dead kid. Another angry dad. Another day at the office.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Gibson's acting has deepened. Too bad his comeback vehicle springs so many leaks.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Winstone's interaction with Gibson provides the movie with much of its interest. For the rest, it's a skillful exercise in CGI and standard-order thriller supplies.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

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Sadly, the shock factor is lost by the conclusion of this film

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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The film certainly has its moments - most of them when Gibson, in his first feature-film role since 2002's Signs, brings out Mad Mel.

3.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

The squeamish beware, the R16 rating belts out some moments of hard fast brutal violence, this is not a film the whole family can enjoy.

But even with my lily-liver I managed OK, and overall left feeling most satisfied indeed. Edge of Darkness won’t win awards, and it’s not a genre-defying boundary-breaker, but as far as conspiracy thrillers go, this one got my pulse-racing, my eyes glued to the screen, and was far more than I’d expected.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An uneven, somewhat meandering thriller is given emotional pull by Mel Gibson’s excellent comeback performance. The lethal weapon hasn’t lost it.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Campbell's topnotch production team yields predictably polished results, but the director's decision to revisit the late Troy Kennedy Martin's teleplay, finally, feels lacking.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Gibson proves he’s still not to be messed with in a film that reasserts him as a sturdy, if rather grizzled leading man. A pity, though, this required Campbell to cookie-cut his masterly ’80s TV series into a formulaic actioner.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Edge of Darkness is reasonably well executed, but its competence reeks of fatigue. Another dead kid. Another angry dad. Another day at the office.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Gibson's acting has deepened. Too bad his comeback vehicle springs so many leaks.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Winstone's interaction with Gibson provides the movie with much of its interest. For the rest, it's a skillful exercise in CGI and standard-order thriller supplies.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Sadly, the shock factor is lost by the conclusion of this film

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The film certainly has its moments - most of them when Gibson, in his first feature-film role since 2002's Signs, brings out Mad Mel.

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The squeamish beware, the R16 rating belts out some moments of hard fast brutal violence, this is not a film the whole family can enjoy.

But even with my lily-liver I managed OK, and overall left feeling most satisfied indeed. Edge of Darkness won’t win awards, and it’s not a genre-defying boundary-breaker, but as far as conspiracy thrillers go, this one got my pulse-racing, my eyes glued to the screen, and was far more than I’d expected.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An uneven, somewhat meandering thriller is given emotional pull by Mel Gibson’s excellent comeback performance. The lethal weapon hasn’t lost it.

3.0
0

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