Edge of Darkness

Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson), a single father, has been a Boston homicide detective for many years. His 24-year-old daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic), his only child, is killed on the front steps of his home. At first it appears that Craven was the intended target. He soon learns his daughter led a secret life that led to her murder. He quickly finds himself confronted with a shadowy world of corporate collusion with government-sanctioned murder. In the process he collides with a secret government operative, Darius Jedburgh (Gbenga Akinnagbe), whose job is to clean up and hide any remaining evidence. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

Rating: 6 out of 10

I’m a big Mel Gibson fan and it’s easy to forget about the professional Mel versus the personal Mel.  The personal Mel sounds like a religious zealot who drinks till he’s almost unconscious, makes antisemitic remarks, and in the past has spouted massive homophobic statements.  His father denies the holocaust.   Now, why am I mentioning all this?  It’s because I forgot all about all of it during “Edge of Darkness” because at the end of the day, he’s one hell of an actor and an even better director.  Take the time to go IMDB and look over this man’s body of work.  There’s maybe a handful of people that have accomplished what he has.  He’s acted in “Hamlet,” conquered the box office in action films like “Lethal Weapon” and dramas like “Ransom,” and taken huge risks like “Passion of the Christ.”

Now that I got that out of the way, let’s move on to “Edge of Darkness.”  It’s a film that without Mel Gibson is pretty standard stuff.  It’s the paint by numbers, “You killed my family member and I’m going to figure out why and get revenge on you even if it kills me” movie we’ve seen a hundred times over.  But, it’s all grounded by a very emotional and engaging performance by Mel Gibson.  This is the kind of role that he needed to age to take on.  He plays an older and wiser detective and makes the unbelievable believable when the film goes so far off course that it started to lose me.  It has the proverbial cat and mouse chase scenes that Hollywood practically requires nowadays.  So, I recommend it but just don’t expect a lot.

2 responses to “Edge of Darkness

  1. Hey Brian…nice review, good points. I completely agree about Mel Gibson’s talent for making the unbelievable, believable – I especially found that the case with his performance in M. Night Shyaman’s film Signs. I think we tend to forget how talented someone is in light of their personal ‘challenges’, not to mention their screen presence. As far as actor-turned director, I personally found Passion of the Christ to be quite amazing (Biblical history, controversy, etc., aside.) Passion brought in over $600 million world wide – that, as they say, ain’t bad! I rank his accomplishments as a director right along side Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, and the late Dennis Hopper – who, btw, did a pretty good job with his film, Colors back in the day. My opinion, however, of Martin Campbell remains skeptical; though admittedly his years in television no doubt is a tried and true testing ground for the transition to feature films. Further thoughts for your viewers, tag back, at my blog at: http://rorydean.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/edge-of-darkness-2010-gibson-returns/

  2. Hey Rory. Thanks for the comments. We’ll add you to our blog roll!

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