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12th February 2010

Summary:

Mel Gibson returns to the big screen in a dark and compelling conspiracy thriller.


Single father Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma (Bojana Novakovic), is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the intended target. But Craven suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to discover how his daughter's secret life led to her murder. His investigation leads him into a dangerous world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder. Along the way he encounters CIA operative Darius Jedburgh (Ray Winstone) who has been sent in to clean up the evidence. Craven's solitary search for answers about his daughter's death transforms into an odyssey of emotional discovery and redemption. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and based on the classic 1986 BBC mini-series, Edge Of Darkness is co-produced by Academy Award winner Graham King (The Departed, The Aviator) and Michael Wearing.

Review:

This is an intense movie about family and closure, and of course, Detective Thomas Craven has a little different type of closure in mind. Some of the movie is a little hard to follow when Thomas does something, and you ask yourself, "why did he do that." But that might be part of the puzzle he is trying to solve. The reason the bad guys use for keeping everything secret is a little far-fetched. Mel Gibson's masterful portrayal of a man with nothing to lose is excellent. Everybody better get out of his way. From the movie trailers you would think that Thomas is going around threatening and killing everybody he meets, but that is not the case. Thomas does take out some of the bad guys, which will meet with your approval. This is a good action movie, but you must remember that it is definitely heavy on violence.