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Edge of Darkness (2010 movie)

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A father's love

  • Mar 14, 2010

There has been much glorification about a mother's love and mother's day. Not much has been focussed on a father's love.

This movie is quite a disaster considering it's Gibson's. Too much talking, too little actions and slow pacing to be a thriller. Or is it really a thriller? Perhaps it's not. A drama I'd think is more appropriate. Oh sure, there are a lot of shootings & some car chasing, other than that, the only salvation lies in the love of a father. We see that constantly in the little girl that appeared at different intervals which reminded Craven (that's Mel Gibson's character) of his time with his daughter. I enjoyed those moments in the movie a lot. More than I had ever done before even though I'm not a father nor a mother. 

Those are endearing moments which help the show gets to the end when again Craven is being reconciled with his daughter, presumably, he passed away too. Anyhow, I don't see any justice in this movie, simply a chain of mad events which unfortunately the young girl got herself into by being in the wrong company! Yes, she did her civic duty if I do understand it rightly.

One other scene I did enjoyed was when Thomas Craven woke up shaken from the nightmare right after his daughter Emma's death. Luckily for most of us, we don't see our loved ones or people we know died in such a horrific manner. However, the nightmare that someone has to go through after such a sight is seldom contemplated by anyone. I remembered when I was a young girl and saw a car accident somewhere near my school. I never did talk about it to anyone nor did I see it closely but it was close enough for it to haunt me even til today. So, I think it's safe enough to say that it's an ordeal that one having to go through such scenes as a daughter being shot in front of you. Most movies just move on to show the revenge acts while this one did an extra step. I'd have loved it more if it concentrates more on that than moving to exert justice by shooting everyone in the end! That's such a man thing ;-)

I'm a Gibson fan though, since Braveheart. Hence, it's still a watchable movie for me. It just is neither a thriller nor a drama. Ultimately, for me, it won't be much memorable... 

P.S.: By the way, I tried google for some images of Thomas Craven and his young daughter, hardly found any. Prove my point that the movie has been promoted more or less for revenge cum justice rather than the human aspect of the film. 

A father's love

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March 15, 2010
Ooooh, I was kind of curious when I saw the previews at the theater, hmmmm.... That's cool that you were able to see it in Asia. Didn't realize that it had already been released there. Thanks for sharing, Sharrie!
March 15, 2010
Not only has it been released, I watched it on dvd ;-p I watched all those Academy Award movies on dvd! Same for Avatar, except that it was so good that I went to see it on 3D as well. Although come to think of it, the 2D version was my first viewing, I enjoyed it a lot more than in the theater! Imagine that!
March 14, 2010
very nice review! I didn't see the movie from its human aspects before, and you just added certain key points to the movie.
March 15, 2010
The irony of it all is that had it concentrated more on its human aspects, the commercial aspect of the movie would be a flop, I reckon. To watch the pain of someone losing his/her child is no joke & most movie goers would flinched from that. It's a painful process and one that's not welcome by those who paid money for entertainment. I suppose the director and producer had to find a balance.
March 14, 2010
I was wondering about this one, since I'm not much of a Mel Gibson or action movie fan. Looks like one I'll probably rent. Thanks for sharing!
March 15, 2010
Renting is good enough :-) I watched it on DVD anyway.
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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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