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.