Edge Of Darkness [Blu-ray]
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Political thriller based on the award-winning 1980s BBC series. Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma (Bojana Vovakovic) is murdered on the steps of his home, it is generally assumed that he was the target. But Craven has reasons to suspect otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter's secret life as a political activist, which takes him into the dark and dangerous territory of government collusion and corporate cover-ups. Ray Winstone and Danny Huston co-star.
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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
This is Mel Gibson's comfort zone as an emotional and distressed father who has seen his daughter gunned down in front of him and is out to find her killers and seek revenge. Winstone gives a great performance as a British hitman sent in toe clean up the affair.
A bit over long and a little disjointed at times but well worth the watching
Detective Thomas Craven is visited by his daughter when she is killed outside his home, it's assumed that he was the target as he's been a Boston detective for years. Craven starts looking into his daughter's murder and realises that there's more to it than just a hit gone bad, but who's responsible and why? Gibson was great and I'm delighted he's back, this is the first time my eyes have teared up simply watching someone shave. Ray Winstone is Darius Jedburgh, he's perhaps a little underused but still very good in a role where you're never quite sure if he's a good guy or not. There's very good support from Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic and Jay O. Sanders.
Directed by two time Bond director Martin Campbell, this is a remake of sorts of his own 1985 TV mini-series Edge Of Darkness starring Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Ian McNeice and a young Joanne Whalley. The film had a $60,000,000 budget and only made a little over $80,000,000 worldwide, sadly this may be because of Mel's antics prior to the film's release.Read more ›
The main question is does the movie do justice to the original series and Gibson, the answer is "NO". However, it's still a watchable thriller if you minus the high expectaions, if you have any.
The movie tells the story of Detective Thomas Craven who seeks revenge after a personal tragedy. As he does this, he discovers political conspiracies and comes in contact with dangerous people, which could cost his life.
The movie starts off with a bang that shocks you and promises to be something special. The downfall is the middle section, which is slow and at times boring, due to the lack of progression and average drama. There are good light action sequences in the movie showing glimpses of a reprival. The movie is then somewhat salvaged with a satisfying ending.
The drama in the movie at times was fine but in the end was not enough. Another flaw is a number of unanswered questions, which if explored could've been interesting.
Mel Gibson is good in his return but I'm not sure about his accent in the movie. The drama would've been poor, if it wasn't for Gibson who really expresses his emotions. Bojana Novakovic who plays the role of Craven's daughter, is effective. Ray Winstone is excellent as a supporting actor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First thing is, I don't give a toss about whether Mel Gibson in real life is a great guy or a twat. This is a movie, he does some acting. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ozymandias
As a fan of the original tv version of this with Bob Peck & not being a big fan of Mel Gibson I have always avoided this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jean Scrivener
Not as good as tbe tv series but well worth the watch as gibson plays a good roll for a changePublished 2 months ago by spud