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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone
  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BEDAXG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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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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
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A great surprise, since I did not expect such a bitter and strong attach to corporations and the evil decline of our society in a Mel Gibson film. This is not just a powerful and dramatic revenge film, but it's a reflective and intimate one, where action and violence is always the result of an internal struggle and an unsatistied desire for justice and truth. Mel Gibson is perfect for this role, giving his character a torn and afflicted mood and spirit, like wandering around to seek justice and knowing he is getting old and it is not time for jokes and smart lines anymore. Ray Winstone is equally profound and fascinating, and the whole film unfolds and ends in an unexpected yet almmost logical way, showing a certain realism and courage in developing a subject without betraying it just for commercial needs or to captivate the audience. Probably the best film by not so brilliant yet functional and skilled director Martin Campbell
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By BlackBrigand TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2016
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The screenplay is adapted from the 1985 BBC television series of the same name and stars Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone, in a well paced conspiracy thriller.

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
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Mel Gibson's last acting role in a movie was 2003s The Singing Detective, his last lead role was Signs in 2002. Gibson took a break from acting to direct a couple of films, Passion Of The Christ in 2004 and the brilliant Apocalypto in 2006. I heard some people state that they wouldn't watch Edge Of Darkness because of some things that Mel did in his private life, that doesn't bother me in the slightest as that has nothing to do with his acting. I've always liked Gibson the actor and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as Thomas Craven, it was similar to his performance in Payback but with more heart.

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.
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'Edge of Darkness' is a crime thriller/drama that released theatrically in 2010 to mixed reviews and to poor box-office returns. The movie is noted for being Mel Gibson's comeback movie as a lead actor after eight years. Its's also a film adaptation of the 1985 BBC television series of the same name starring Bob Peck as the lead actor. The series was highly critically acclaimed and was nominated for eleven BAFTA awards, winning six. It's classed as one of the greatest British television drama's ever made.

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.
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