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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything's illegal in Massachusetts.
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.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary, ordinary and anticlimactic
Martin Campbell's unnecessary and surprisingly ordinary big screen remake of the TV series that made his name, Edge of Darkness, was one of those pictures that was just cursed. Co-star Robert De Niro left the picture under very acrimonious circumstances after just one day and was replaced by Ray Winstone (ironically the golf course scene that caused all the trouble never...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, for a even better price, 23 Sep 2014
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Great product,for a even better price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top, action,, 20 Oct 2014
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top, action, plot and acting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Oct 2014
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Mel Gibson rarely disappoints
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 July 2014
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is Mel more mellow?, 19 Dec 2011
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Valerie J. (West Yorks, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Edge Of Darkness [DVD] (DVD)
Mel Gibson stars as Thomas Craven, a policeman whose daughter is shot and killed right on his doorstep. At first the police think that he must have been the intended victim, but not so; his daughter has been working for a company that is involved in building nuclear weapons and she has made a discovery that the company want kept secret. This movie is about the father's determination to find her killer. But it isn't your ordinary action, machine-gun-every-one-down, gore for the sake of it, movie. Gibson plays the role of a grieving father very well and he takes you into the sordid world of people who will do anything for money. He is faced with conspiracy and government agents trying to hush everything up.

Furthermore, he is faced with an English guy called Darius Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), whose job is to make life or death decisions and he has no qualms about making people 'go away'.

The director is Martin Campbell who has a string of hit movies to his name such as: Vertical Limit, Casino Royal (2006), and Goldeneye. It is based on a 1985 mini-series of the same name written by Troy Kennedy Martin.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 28 Oct 2011
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Somethings should not be meddled with. The TV series called Edge of Darkness is one of them.
This is an awful rehash of a truly brilliant thriller. Why bother?
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revenge film with a heart, 18 Jun 2010
This is a fantastic film, unlike most revenge thrillers where the protagonist uses brawn and guns to get his revenge, in this film Mel Gibson has to use his intellect to get out of most of the situations.

Not only is the film a great thriller, but it has a very powerful performance from Mel Gibson, and by the end of the film you will be emotionally involved; most revenge films don't have a heart like this one.
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Edgeless drabness..., 16 Mar 2010
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Matthew Mercy (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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A truly pointless remake of one of British TV's finest ever drama serials, director Martin Campbell's 2010 update of his own Edge of Darkness combines uninteresting performances, a half-baked script, and some very daft plot contrivances to emerge as not only a poor relation to the gripping original (the BAFTA-winning story of a bereaved Yorkshire policeman investigating his murdered daughter's involvement with an anti-nuclear activist group), but also as a well below-par addition to the `enraged parent out for revenge' thriller sub-genre.
Condensing a drama serial that, in its complete form, comprised six one-hour episodes into a movie of under two hours' running time was always going to leave plenty of the original plot by the wayside, but it's amazing just how badly this remake manages to miss the point of the 1985 classic. Here, Mel Gibson's Boston detective resembles not the introspective, confused father portrayed by the late Bob Peck, but simply a more long-in-the-tooth version of his madcap cop Martin Riggs from the Lethal Weapon films. Gibson's version of the character fails utterly to embrace his forerunner's most compelling traits (namely, the confusion, frustration, and guilt he directs at his daughter), and instead plays the figure as nothing more than a typical Hollywood family-man-on-a-rampage. Ray Winstone (reportedly picked from the subs' bench after Robert DeNiro dropped out of the film) attempts to make his thinly-written version of the CIA insider (wonderfully played by Joe Don Baker in the original) into something of a hollow enigma; but he's not fooling anyone, the character is just a bore, and worse, he has no plot function at all in this abridged version of the story. Several of the TV serial's most compelling sequences (including the climactic raid on a nuclear facility) are omitted entirely, and the film finally amounts to nothing more sophisticated than the pistol-toting Gibson going gunning for his daughter's assassins. The plot is full of odd incidents that don't make sense, including the illogical nature of the girl's murder at the start of the film; why do the bad guys go to the trouble of shooting her when she is already dying from radiation sickness? The film leaves no room at all for an intelligent look at the issues forefronted in the original, and inevitably pins its `monstrous conspiracy' on one lone nutter of an executive (a wasted Danny Huston) and a couple of his sleazy henchmen, whilst the main theme of the TV serial (righteous concern over the environmental havoc wreaked by the nuclear power industry) is utterly ignored.
It's not all bad; though they seem to come out of nowhere and are largely divorced from the main plot, the few action sequences are well handled, and if you are a fan of Ransom or Payback, you might get something out of seeing Gibson go Radio Rental again. But if you have enjoyed the first Edge of Darkness on TV or DVD, avoid this remake like the plague, as it only detracts from the power of the original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Sep 2014
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Very good remake.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Edge of Darkness(2009), 7 Nov 2010
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I watched this with an old friend of mine. We both had reasonably open minds, unfortunately we are both of an age that we both had seen the original BBC mini series when it was first aired and we both held it in very high esteem,unfortunately as with many hollywood remakes it failed to satisfy and do the original justice. As a one-off it might adequately fill a couple of hours but as a serious movie of merit it fails on many scores not least the hollywood spoon-feeding, the predictable shocks, the lack of real characters and that's before the ridiculous final shot! Sorry very disappointing and very forgetable!
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