Edge of Darkness(2010)
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.
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Edge of Darkness is a solid but underwhelming thriller. Mel Gibson is placed here as the action star, but I think Liam Neeson did a better job in Taken (also a father-daughter revenge flick). Mel has intensity about him but he’s chosen a rather mediocre vehicle for his first onscreen appearance in seven years.... More
Helmer Martin Campbell has a talent for staging action sequences (as evidenced in Casino Royale or GoldenEye) – too bad there aren’t many here. It’s mostly people talking to each other, or Mel punching their lights out when he gets frustrated.
Ray Winstone, as a mysterious hitman, is the most appealing character and the movie is fun to watch whenever he’s onscreen. Oddly, he doesn’t have too much to add to the narrative but show up every once in a while to quote some scholar or enjoy a glass of fine wine whilst waxing lyrical on the morals of crime.
The story is involving enough and the plot has a few twists and turns but the bad guys are obvious from the start and it’s not hard to work out where this is going. Thankfully the ending comes as a surprise, if a silly one.
Edge of Darkness feels like the cinematic equivalent of a novel you might read on a long-haul flight. It ties together in all the right places but you’re only reading it because you’ve got nothing else to do.Hide
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Edge of Darkness
Good for Mel. No Botox, no Boxes to stand on... Just went for it. Story needed to be told. Gripping story and fast moving excitement. Very good acting as a Dad's view of losing a daughter, and needing to know why and dealing to the bad guys. Also an eye opener about what lengths big business will go to, to lie, cheat and murder, to cover up dirty deeds. Worth remembering for future events ??
Well done and satisfying.
If you keep your expectations low, I think it's a good capable movie. Mel Gibsons performance is a good and nice to see him back infront of the camera. Perhaps not for those looking for a feel good movie but I think it's better that what the other reviewers have thought.
This movie had a couple of moments where you thought there would be some "Action" and "Thriller", But this movie was truley Dramatic, The story Line was effective, and it wasnt a Predictable movie, You didnt Know what was going to happen next, This is a movie for you if you Like Mystery Films.