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Edge of Darkness (2010 movie)

A movie directed by Martin Campbell

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3 1/2 stars: A father's rage can be a very dangerous thing....

  • Apr 22, 2010

Mel Gibson is a fantastic director, actor and producer   he is uncompromising when it comes to his films  such as" Gallipoli"(1981), " Lethal Weapon"(1987), "Ransom" (1996),or his Academy award winning film " Braveheart"(1991). Gibson has proved repeatedly why he is one of Hollywood's best and most powerhouse actors, after having a career that spans almost thirty years Mel Gibson had seemed to slip into obscurity after making his two last films. One of them being the massive box-office success "Signs" the other the Vietnam ward drama "We Were Soldiers" both coming out in 2002. It seemed like Gibson had had his finally hour as a Hollywood leading man. Until it was announcer back in mid 2009 that Mel Gibson would be heading a new film called "Edge of Darkness” based off the 1985 television series of the same name directed by Martin Campbell who also directed this big screen adaptation which features the come back of Mel Gibson doing what he does best.




Martin Campbell’s adaptation of his 1985 miniseries, of the same name, "Edge of Darkness" is a nasty big, old truck that all gassed up and ready to tear apart anyone and anything that stands in its way. And that is exactly what this revenge/conspiracy thriller   it rips apart the competition with it's deep rooted and emotional story of loss, love, redemption and sorrow Martin Campbell has hit all the right notes here and  let me tell you this film is  absolute music to my  ears. It is like punk music mixed with the soft depressing melody of a beautiful symphony orchestra score this is a film that flows so beautifully and so gracefully that by the time it kicks into high gear you are already completely and utterly immersed   in the dark and macabre world of Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson). Martin Campbell is a master at crafting  careful and deep stories  much like he did on   The Mask of Zorro(1998), Casino Royale(2006) which is praised as the greatest Bond film in the franchises history and now  the equally  complex and even more impressive "Edge of Darkness ". A film so immersed in its plot and story and so deeply rooted in its emotions this film just does not take to the skies it goes beyond it and reaches the stratosphere setting a course for the stars.



It is one of the best films of 2010 so far and   though it is a revenge thriller and audiences have seen it dozens of times before. I can say this much for "Edge of Darkness"  that this film  is much different from others of it's type  It defies all expectations and predictions of the story  dishing out twist after twist till it comes time for the  explosive finale. 



Mel Gibson is know for roles like this  he made a career of playing revenge driven individuals such as Porter in "Payback" (1998),   Tom Mullen  in Ron Howard's "Ransom(1996), Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon(1987) and now Thomas Craven in Martin Campbell's "Edge of Darkness(2010). Gibson is like I said, uncompromising   in these types of roles   he does not give into just playing the part like it has played in countless other revenge thrillers. No. Gibson  takes the roles studies it and makes it into a powerhouse of anger and aggression  he turns into his role, his character  and makes Thomas Craven stand out above many of  Gibson's other  character turning him into a stand out  in the crowd and solidifying the return  of Mel Gibson. The rest of the cast including  Bojana Novakaovic , Shawn Roberts, David Aaron Baker, Jay O. Sanders  Denis O'Hare, Damian Young and Ray Winstone in a fantastic supporting role;  all deliver fine supporting performances  in this edgy and  dark  thriller.



"Edge of Darkness” is powerful in its story, moving in it's portrayal of a fathers quest for revenge (how many of you wouldn't want to get back at the person who hurt your child?) and just down right bad ass. Martin Campbell has proved once again he  has what it takes to be one of Hollywood's great directors  with this film that is both a dark look at the nature of revenge  and  how  sometimes some of our worst secrets can take us to the edge.

A father's rage cab be a very dangerous thing....

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April 24, 2010
Pretty good review. I liked this one but I think I should see it again, I thought it was good with great acting. I do intend on seeing it again. Thanks for the review!
April 26, 2010
Thank you very much, I thought at first his would be nothing more than a routine revenge thriller but ti quickly took a turn in the other direction and put some originality in the old sub genre and it is definitely worth a second viewing.
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How far are you willing to go to keep a secret?  How about the truth?  Depending on the circumstances and those involved, would you be willing to kill for either? Edge of Darkness is just that.  It borders the line between sanity and insanity, it tempts madness, and challenges one man's morals and limits after he witnesses the horrifyingly graphic death of his young daughter.  This conspiracy thriller film is a roller coaster ride through a haunted house that with quite literally …
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review by . September 26, 2010
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Mel Gibson is back. And he's pissed off.
Despite his rants Mel Gibson has always been one of my favorite actors. So when i saw the preview for Edge of Darkness I was happy to see the guy acting again.      Edge of Darkness is a movie about a fathers love for his daughter. And how far he will go to avenge her after she is brutally killed on his front porch.   Sound Familiar? Well yeah because the story (like Avatar) is one we've seen numerous times already. Story wise theres nothing special about this …
Quick Tip by . May 28, 2010
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Better in theaters when the volume of suspense is LOUD. If you're patient enough to reach the fast-paced ending, it might be worth the ride.
Quick Tip by . March 14, 2010
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Some see justice at the end, I see dark sides to corporations & governments. Not Gibson's best.
Quick Tip by . February 01, 2010
Decent Action Drama and whether you love or hate Mel Gibson, you cannot deny that the man can act.
review by . January 31, 2010
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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 …
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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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