Edge Of Darkness Short Review (3.5 of 5)
Edge of Darkness is a decent crime thriller that, at times, gets a little ‘expository’, but overall was an enjoyable movie. The movie is based on a British TV show of the the same name and directed by Martin Campbell (who also directed episodes of that same series) It’s also Mel Gibson’s first lead acting role in a while and he proves it’s the same ol’ Mel, which in my book means a pretty good actor.
The story opens with Gibson playing Thomas Craven (a Boston homicide detective) picking up his 24 yaer old only child (Bojana Novakovic) at South Station. The audience quickly gets the idea that there is something amiss and Craven’s daughter is killed. Craven is heartbroken and pulls himself together and does what he does which is investigate murders, this time with it being very personal.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t give away any more plot points. From there it goes from cop thriller to conspiracy thriller with twists and turns abounding. There are several surprising jolts in the film. You can anticipate some of them, but they’ll still wake you up.
There are also performances by other actors that are decent such as Ray Winstone and Danny Huston. Winstone’s always great. Danny Huston (son of the great director John Huston) has been hit and miss for me, but that’s probably been the directors’ and editors’ fault of the movies he’s appeared in. He’s a good actor.
He was exceptionally aloof (and quite funny) in Children Of Men but was terrible in 30 Days of Night as the villain. He’s again good in this with director Campbell (Casino Royale).
The movie surprised me in the way of how it was portrayed in the trailer. I thought it was going to be much more of a ‘revenge’ or ‘vigilante’ type film, but Gibson’s character is constantly having to come up with ways to get around laws or to bend them to get to the truth behind the death of his daughter.He never completely disregards his responsibilty as a police detective until— well, I don’t want to give anything away.
It was an enjoyable ‘cop’ movie, but for some reason I kept seeing similarities between this and another movie that I just saw: Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. There are some moments with a hint of ghostly elements. This one had a better tone for the subject matter of a parent dealing with the aftermath of a murdered child, though.
Gibson still carries a movie as easily as he did when he was half his current age and is probably a much better actor now than he was then. He knows both sides of filmmaking now, in front and behind the camera. Overall, I had fun at this and am giving it 3.5 out of 5 whatevers. Good movie. Looking forward to ‘The Beaver’ (Mel’s next film as far as I know).