Edge of Darkness (2010)

If only these bad guys here were Jewish, then Mel would have been having so much more fun.

As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma’s (Bojana Novakovic) killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to uncover the disturbing secrets surrounding her murder, including corporate corruption, government collusion and Emma’s own mysterious life.

It’s been awhile since Mel has been actually in something, and it’s nice to see him head-line a film. Although, I don’t really wish it was this film he came back to, I still didn’t mind either.

If there’s anything that I like, it’s entertaining detective films. In ways this film is that, other times, not so much. Director Martin Campbell caught his big break when he directed episodes of the show that this film is based off of, and I must say he has not lost that knack for action. He knows how to show some ruthless and bloody violence that will keep you fully entertained.

However, by trying to squeeze this thing into an almost 2 hour film, the little twists and turns that this film starts to take, seem random and dumb. It’s almost a little too shallow to be surprising, and when the plot twists come, you are either left not caring, scratching your head, or just wanting more action to go down. There’s not too many surprises here which kind of disappointed me because I was ready for a roller-coaster ride of fun and shocks, instead I got more of a merry-go-round.

This is Mel Gibson‘s first film in 8 years since Signs, and I have to say he hasn’t lost his touch. He does what he does best: beating people up, and sticking gun’s in their faces, and I don’t know what it is but there’s just something about Mel Gibson pointing a gun at somebody that just feels right. Although his personal problems have hurt him really bad, he still is great at holding those remorseless characters, and proves that he is the man no matter what. Ray Winstone is good as Jedburgh, the hit man that shows up every once and awhile. Winstone has a very gravely voice and most of the time I was thinking: “I don’t understand you, but you do seem menacing”. Danny Huston plays the evil CEO, once again. His characters are always the same: their a little arrogant, they always believe they have everything under control, and always be one step ahead of the good guy. It may be the same act but Huston has perfected it basically.

Consensus: Edge of Darkness may fail at bringing constant surprises with it’s twisty script, but Gibson and the rest of the cast make this B-grade thriller, entertaining.



  1. I’ve been a Mel Gibson fan for a long time and loved to see him back into ass kicking form with this one. It’s sad that he’s lost the bankability that he once had back in the 80’s and 90’s. I wish more people would have looked past his mistakes and checked this one out. I’m a Martin Campbell fan and very much looking forward to see what he does with Green Lantern.

  2. I loved the opening line šŸ™‚
    I agree that it could have gone a lot better, I agree that it had it’s thrills but other than Mel, it just didn’t do it for me.

  3. i think it was mel’s best movie despite what the critics say. I loved the lethal weapons, mad max trilogy, ransom, the patriot, tequila sunrise with kurt russell, air america, conspiracy theory, maverick, signs and braveheart. i think he is more talented than tom hanks. tom hanks is an liberal political poster boy asshole and i’ll bet he was jealous of mel gibson getting more attenion than him. it was better than da vinci code and angels and demons. i also liked conspiracy theory that he did in 1997 which i also think was much better than the da vinci code. shame on robert de niro for not working with mel on this. he worked with every other actor oscar nominated or not. i still think he would have been good working with mel gibson. Mel gibson has always been and will always be one of my favorite actors despite what critics say about him.

  4. I didn’t like this movie very much. It felt pretty bland for me and stretched the credibility factor. That scene where the woman gets off Mel Gibson’s car and gets immediately run over by a speeding bad guy car is just hilarious, basically impossible in real life (how could the bad guy time that while going 50 mph???)

  5. This was one I didn’t expect to like so much. From that first scene it was like WOW, Campbell means business. And you’re right, he hasn’t lost his touch and he’s still got it. Still I couldn’t shake how short Gibson looked compared to everyone else:P

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