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Review: Edge of Darkness (15)

Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston

When his daughter is gunned down in front of him, aging detective Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) begins an investigation that will lead him into the darkest realms of corporate conspiracy and government corruption. Edge of Darkness sees Gibson return to kicking ass and taking names and also stars Ray Winstone and Danny Huston.

The most notable thing about this movie is that you don’t get what the trailers lead you to believe you’ll be getting. From the very first (and very gory) death scene, Edge of Darkness is a fast paced revenge come man-with-nothing-left-to-lose tell with some great suspense and a marvelous performance from Gibson. Anyone who thinks he’s too old can sit down and shut up!

Edge of Darkness

Truth be told, this movie has a great deal in common with Taken, a movie that received mixed reviews but I, personally loved every ass-kicking minute of. What Edge of Darkness has, however that Taken didn’t have is a surprisingly complex plot involving a rather large amount of characters. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as complicated as something like Primer but it’s not your average brain-dead shoot-em-up either. The number of characters, however did the movie one small injustice in that, at times the pace was a little jittery and fractured as newly introduced characters are developed (as with Ray Winstone’s character) outside the context of the main plot.

This flaw is only a minor one, however and the sheer adrenaline and ferocity of Mel Gibson’s character are enough to satisfactorily fill any cracks that may appear. The flaw that costs the movie the fifth star, though is the ending… I mean the very ending… I mean literally the 30 seconds before the end credits roll which, because of spoilers I won’t go into. It almost felt like an afterthought, or maybe even an added extra thrown in at the whim of a certain aging Christianity enthusiast… say no more. The scene that directly precedes this could have been played up a lot more to create a far more satisfying finale (think the end of Watchmen).

All things considered, Edge of Darkness remains an extremely accomplished and entertaining conspiracy thriller with enough thematic backbone to stand up to all the action, bullets and snappy dialogue that the director and star could throw at it.

Verdict: 4/5

6 comments

  1. kym - March 1, 2010 2:16 pm

    Nice review Dan, good to see you doing a review again, you haven’t given us one for a while now :)

    Again, agree with you completely, loved this film from start to finish minus the last 30 seconds. All of those agist people saying Gibson is to old are just being picky, he totally kicked ass.

  2. Adam - March 1, 2010 2:29 pm

    Nice, this looks good – a must see.

    I have seen taken and thought it was awesome!

  3. Ashley - March 1, 2010 5:12 pm

    It was the pace of the movie that was the problem for me. I don’t know, I felt it just didn’t flow. But Gibson is hot whatever his age, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I even jumped at a few bits. The ending was a little lazy and ‘safe’, but fortunately it didn’t ruin the movie.

  4. Luke Jones - March 1, 2010 7:14 pm

    Awesome. I may have to go and see that on Wednesday night. It’s that or something shit… Hmmmm?

  5. Rick Nunn - March 2, 2010 12:45 am

    I loved this film from start to end. As normal you have hit this review square in the face. The bit where he is shooting at the car made excited me more than it should have…

  6. Rick Nunn - March 2, 2010 10:09 am

    By ‘start to end’ I, of course, meant all but the final 30 seconds.

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