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Edge of Darkness (2010 movie)

A movie directed by Martin Campbell

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Taut Drama, Visceral Effects, Boston Accent Coach Needed

  • Jan 31, 2010
Rating:
+3
Director Martin Campbell refashions his 1986 Edge of Darkness: The Complete BBC Series to fit into a two-hour film format of the same name starring Mel Gibson as the tortured father using his police credentials to discover the identity of his daughter's murderer. Is it a successful re-creation? For all intents and purposes, the piece does work as an example of unrelenting drama with a visceral reality that smarts the eyes and turns the stomach. A visibly older Gibson stares at the audience with a creased death mask perpetually beleaguered by the devastating emotions that he refuses to let permeate his spirit and divert him from his goal. His love for his daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) tangibly resides in a telling slackness of his facial muscles, not unlike that which Liam Neeson utilizes in "Taken (Single-Disc Extended Edition)". This softness flickers intermittently from the still intense blue eyes to the lines around mouth, but again as it does for Neeson, it hardens emulating the manic lethality of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry. For the most part, he is Mel weathered by his own stormy Hollywood saga--as tightly wound as a key-operated Swiss mantle clock. His performance seethes with pent up anger; he makes us feel both his pain and need for answers.

No doubt it is difficult to cut down the six hours of miniseries into two hours of film time. Many of the intricacies must be diluted to fit the abbreviated formats, allowing the director longer "ah-ha" moments for his audience to savor. In this 2010 film format Campbell shrinks the larger behind-the-scenes intrigue to fleeting moments filled with muffled voices and characters that are not always identified. As much as the Ray Winstone (Beowulf) `cleaner' character entertained, his lower-pitched intonations along with Mel's teeth-clenching one-liners were not always easy to hear. Nevertheless, Campbell succeeds in putting his finger to the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist regarding environmental concerns interwoven with political and capitalistic conspiracies played for money, power and world domination.

Bottom line? Mel Gibson plays a convincing father grieving for his brutally murdered daughter in the political/environmental thriller "Edge of Darkness." Somber lighting and Boston rain augment the already gritty subject matter. Projectile vomiting and other visceral signs of imminent death amply illustrate the fatalistic themes of a sick government bottle-feeding an equally unhealthy and narcissistic industry. (The audience applauds amidst gasps of horror as Mel force-feeds technology company CEO Danny Huston some super-spoiled milk.) Some scenes reek with harsh realities and are not for the faint of heart. Director Martin Campbell does an adequate job of converting his six-hour BBC miniseries of the same name to film format with a bit of an updated twist, however he should have hired a better dialect/accent coach to better re-create the many different speech patterns of beloved Beantown. Recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
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Edge of Darkness is a 2010 film adaptation of the 1985 BBC television series of the same name. The film stars Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone, and is directed by Martin Campbell and produced by Michael Wearing, who also directed and produced the series respectively. Edge of Darkness follows a detective (Gibson) investigating the murder of his activist daughter (Bojana Novakovic), while uncovering political conspiracies and cover-ups in the process.

In the US, Argentina, and on DVD in Australia and the UK, the film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, which also distributed the unrelated 1943 film with the same title.

 

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 uncovers evidence that leads him to think differently, and decides to pursue the information at all costs. He 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 (Ray Winstone), whose job is to clean up and hide any remaining evidence. Craven's singleness of purpose in finding answers about Emma's death becomes a transforming experience that changes his life.

 

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Director: Martin Campbell
Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 29, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: William Monahan, Andrew Bovell
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros Pictures
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