Edge of Darkness

31 Mar

Title: Edge of Darkness
Year: 2010
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: William Monahan, Andrew Bovell
Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic, Jay O. Sanders
MPAA Rating: R, strong bloody violence and language
Runtime: 117 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%

Edge of Darkness was a film I was really looking forward to, not because I thought it would be great, and not exactly because I wanted to see the return of Mel Gibson. I say not exactly because it was because of it, but I didn’t want his return to be a good one in order to make Edge of Darkness shine, but rather because a solid return would be a good sign that The Beaver, his next project which I’ve been psyched about since forever, would be more than competent.

And a solid return it was, Gibson, who hadn’t had a starring role since 2002’s Signs, seemed like his old self, and that’s more than enough considering all that has transpired around him since said film. Revenge thrillers are something Gibson has done before, and in this one he is yet again a really convincing action hero that will make this film entertain audiences they way he used to.

I love the fact that Gibson could overpower what has gone on behind the screen and become a likeable lead as he plays Craven, a Boston cop who’s daughter, Emma, is the love of his life and who comes to visit him at home once. Then a man knocks at the door, Emma answers, a hooded man shouts “Craven!” and shoots poor Emma dead.

It is thought that Craven himself was the target, though Craven isn’t entirely sure and focusses his attention on the company Emma worked for, Northmoor, who’s chairman is played by Danny Huston, who also played an evil company man in The Constant Gardener.

Northmoor is obviously super evil and Craven is of course the typical hero in these sort of films, a really kick-ass cop who’s out to get revenge and who has absolutely nothing left to lose, in that sense Edge of Darkness brings absolutely nothing new to the table, but it has Gibson back in top form and a terrific Ray Winstone in the role that was originally supposed to go to Robert DeNiro before he dropped out a few days into shooting and just because of that I celebrate this film, and I continue to think Beaver will kick ass.

Grade: B-

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