All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Edge of Darkness
Some secrets take us to the edge.
As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven 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 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.
I still don't get why so many film directors feel the need to have Mel Gibson crying.
He's always been terrible at it and he'll always be terrible at it. So while it was no surprise that he ended up doing it in Edge Of Darkness, it still didn't make its arrival any the less horrible. It's a shame, really, because this is the kind of film and role that Gibson can still do about as well as anyone in the last 30+ years. It's not a stretch for him, but he has the strength and background of performances to anchor this kind of thing perfectly.
Of course, his off-screen 'problems' meant that this and the really rather good Get…
Meh. I'm disappointed.
After a promising start, I feel the film quickly loses its pace and ends up more like a tedious affair than an exciting and tense crime thriller - which the trailer promised.
I'm not even sure I followed the last 30 minutes or so.
I would've very much liked "Edge of Darkness" to be more of a raw and angry "I'm so gonna F*CK up beyond the point of what is possible the people responsible for my daughters death" kind of vendetta film. Mel Gibson is the perfect actor for that kind of characters, and I actually thought that would be the case here as well (you know, kind of Liam Neeson in "Taken"). His character certainly…
Started well enough, but as it progressed, I found myself utterly unengaged. Mel Gibson in a typical Mel Gibson role. A thriller seemingly without suspense. While I typically love noir, this just didn't do it for me.
¨ Well you had better decide whether you're hanging on the cross or banging in the nails.¨
Mel Gibson is back doing what he does best, revenge movies. When I watched the trailer for this film, I was excited because the man from Lethal Weapon, Payback, Braveheart and The Patriot was back doing action movies. Mel Gibson hadn`t starred in a movie since 2002 when he played the reverend who had lost his faith in Signs (one of my favorite films), but in that movie he didn`t have many action scenes. So it was great for me to see Mel Gibson back in action, although the film is not your typical revenge movie, it actually has a good plot and…
Remake doesn't do better than the original... Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston and Bojana Novakovic were very good but somehow didn't manage to lift the whole experience of this thriller. I think the mistake is that with a team like this, the expectations were too high!
Mel Gibson has really fallen off the radar after his phone incident, but he's still had a couple hits. This really isn't one of them. If it was a simple story about Mel getting revenge then I'd be on board with the script. Unfortunately, we get a very convoluted plot that doesn't come with any shocking revelations or decent action scenes. Our lone badass goes on a quest without any real consequences. The antagonists aren't really a threat beyond the evil guy in a suit cliché. Most of the actors seem as bored with the story as I was. Danny Huston makes for a dull villain while Ray Winstone was instantly forgettable thanks to minimal screen time and his thin role.
The plot is complete nonsense really and even if you're a fan of Gibson this really isn't worth it. Go watch Lethal Weapon instead.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While the original tv series is superior this film version, helmed by returning director Martin Campbell, has enough going for it to be worth your time. Mel Gibson (when not behaving like an arse) proves once again to be a great actor. Your heart breaks with him as he loses his daughter and he continues to elicit sympathy as he falls apart with grief. He also gets to show another side of Craven as a sort of hard boiled detective. The script allows some great moments of rat-a-tat dialogue. Gibson would be great as a Philip Marlow/Sam Spade style of detective.
Ray Winstone gives solid support as the mysterious Jedburgh and the cast is rounded out by solid supporting players like Danny Huston, Jay O. Sanders and Frank Grillo.
Decent thriller, mediocre story and acting, corny end.
I just don't have the simplest idea why such a good story told in a boring way, Mel Gibson delivers a good performance after 8 year probably.
A basic thriller. It works. Anyone could have been playing Mel Gibson's character, but he brought his charisma with him. I didn't like the beginning and the end, too much syrup. But the conspiracy thing was good. This is a good but easily forgettable movie.
Mel Gibson es entretenido de ver, y está acompañado de un sólido Elenco (Aunque algunas actuaciones desentonen dentro del film) con una Dirección que ejecuta efectivamente la violencia y las secuencias de acción. Pero el Guión nos entrega personajes poco interesantes y un misterio demasiado predecible. La visión de Martin Campbell no propone nada nuevo y se siente muy estándar por momentos; perdiendo confianza y utilizando recursos innecesarios.
Solid mystery thriller about the murder of a policeman's daughter who worked for a shady defense contractor. They used to make dozens of these conspiracy thrillers in the 1970s, I'm always happy to see another, even if there isn't a lot of meat on the bone.
Um filme com uma mistura bem feita de conspirações e suspense. Embora não traga nada de inovador, vale a pena acompanhar história e ver mais uma grande interpretação de Mel Gibson. O filme cumpre com o que promete. Dentro da sua proposta, o filme é bom!
Not as political or complex as the original but a satisfying revenge thriller.
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