Edge of Darkness is directed by Martin Campbell and adapted to screenplay by William Monahan and Andrew Bovell from the 1985 BBC television series of the same name written by Troy Kennedy Martin. It stars Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic and Jay O. Sanders. Music is by Howard Shore and cinematography by Phil Meheux.
Mel Gibson brings his emotive energy to the role of Thomas Craven, a Boston detective whose adult daughter is horrifyingly gunned down in front of him. As he investigates her slaying with revenge filled vigour, Craven is drawn into a deadly conspiracy from which he may never come out of.
It's too long at just under two hours in length, meaning director Campbell tends to pad things out with much exposition, and it is very talky. So it's something of a surprise that there are gaps left unfilled in the story. Huston's shifty suit isn't well drawn, neither is Winstone's wine swigging spy, while we are required to fill in the gaps as regards Thomas' absent wife and mother of Novakovic's assassinated daughter.
However, when the action scenes come they are very well staged by Campbell (GoldenEye/Casino Royale), and then of course there is Gibson. With all the furore and baggage that has followed Gibson around, it's sometimes gets forgotten what a great actor he can be. Here he brings real pain and vulnerability to the grieving father role, he has always been one of the best purveyors of believable grief in his generation of actors, and on such a thing does Edge of Darkness thrive.
As a whole it's unfocused and meandering, but Gibbo is on great form and that's actually enough to warrant a viewing. 7/10