Edge Of Darkness

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Edge Of Darkness Review


Based on the 1985 BBC TV series, also directed by Campbell, this dramatic thriller tries to pack so much into two hours that it ends up feeling thin and repetitive. But it's great to have Gibson back on screen.

Veteran Boston cop Thomas (Gibson) is trying to rebuild his relationship with his scientist daughter Emma (Novakovic) when she's viciously gunned down.

Everyone suspects Thomas was the real target, but his investigation leads him into a conspiracy involving her job with a monolithic defence contractor run by the shady Bennett (Huston). Then he meets government clean-up expert Jedburgh (Winstone) and starts to realise the extent of what's gong on. Can he blow the whistle before they rub him out too?

The story kicks off quickly, throwing us with Thomas into a swirl of dark emotions. And for him, even as he uncovers this massive scandal, it's all about avenging Emma's untimely death. This allows Gibson and the filmmakers to dig a little deeper into the psyche of the central character, but it also lets the plot drift into Death Wish territory, irresponsibly implying that grisly revenge is somehow cathartic.

Gibson is terrific as the hollow, haunted Thomas, who sees and hears his daughter everywhere he goes. We identify with his pain, as well as the fact that he needs to be doing something rather than just sitting at home alone, as everyone advises him to do. And his interaction with the various side characters, both good and evil, is edgy and twisted.

The problem is that each scene features a long, mumbled conversation that's overloaded with plot exposition. Which isn't very interesting cinematically and weighs down the film with too much information at the expense of character development. Side roles like Jedburgh hint at larger storylines, but are harshly reduced in the transition to the big screen.

Even more troubling is the lapse in logic: the baddies merely need kill Thomas, who's roaming around unprotected and constantly standing in curtainless windows. Yet when they do catch him, they indulge in silly Bondian villainy that gives him a chance to escape. This kind of ludicrous plotting, plus a series of ultraviolent finales, undermines what could have been a thoughtful, provocative political thriller.



Edge Of Darkness

Facts and Figures

Run time: 117 mins

In Theaters: Friday 29th January 2010

Box Office USA: $43.3M

Box Office Worldwide: $74.9M

Budget: $80M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Icon Productions, Warner Bros., GK Films, BBC Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Fresh: 114 Rotten: 89

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Tim Headington, ,

Starring: as Thomas Craven, as Darius Jedburgh, as Bennett, as Burnham, as Moore, as Emma Craven, as Det. Darcy Jones, as Melissa Conway, Jay O. Sanders as Whitehouse, as Chief of Police, as The agent one, as Millroy, Sol E. Romero as Hospital Nurse, Tom Kemp as Paul Honeywell, Rick Avery as Robinson Jr., Scott Winters as Northmoor Doctor, as Sanderman, Nico Evers-Swindell as State Trooper #2

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