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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.
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…
When homicide detective Thomas Craven's daughter takes a shotgun blast he assumes was meant for him, he finally has the excuse he's been waiting for to rage against the machine and cry some bullets. Somehow, it takes nothing more than a single verbal refusal to take some personal time to make the father of the murder victim the lead (only) investigator on the case, and let's face it, when Mel Gibson is in full-on scowl mode, I'm not going to get in his way. I'm partial to puffy, middle-aged slabs of beef in suits and known only by their last names growling at each other in especially coarse vulgarisms (I really am, a dear genre to me), but the Brits,…
A very good old fashion revenge flick. It reminded me a bit of the 70s flims like Dirty Harry or Death Wish. The story is bit slow-paced but the action comes with such an rigor.
Mel Gibson was perfectly cast as the cop filled with bitterness after seeing his been killed. He plays the character with just one step away of going insane. Nobody else as "Riggs" could have played it so intense. He should have been at least nominated for a Golden Globe or an Oscar.
Mel Gibson plays a cop in civilian. One day, after receiving his cherished teenage daughter at the airport, she is soon murdered by masked assailants. A disheartened father picks it upon himself to find out the perpetrators.
Excellent mystery film, average acting, macabre situations. Twisting climax.
A great performance from Gibson but the movie is a bit of a let down
The film version of Edge of Darkness is clearly not as good as the 1980s television series. The television series is an absolute classic, even with its dildo licking and weird, unsatisfying ending. The series has more time to develop character and plot; it has wonderful performances from Bob Peck and the eternally great Joe Don Baker.
Despite not being as good as the Martin Campbell TV series, I think the Martin Campbell film is pretty solid. Built around the same basic plot, Edge of Darkness is a muscular, mostly intelligent thriller. It has a strain of Catholicism throughout, with mannered violence to enliven even the dullest moments. I think that Mel Gibson gives a really good performance as the…
Tipico thriller, como los yankees saben hacerlos. Esta vez con Mel Gibson, al borde de un ataque de locura, exactamente como Mel gibson en la realidad, excepto q en esta version de la realidad es un policia.
Bastante buena y atrapante x momentos.
No-one does vengeance like Mel, in a return to form - and, indeed, acting - directed by two-time Bond reinventor, Martin Campbell. Danny Huston chews the scenery as the mean-eyed, sleazy-suited head honcho and Ray Winstone is agreeably subtle as the world-weary sorter of shadowy situations.
when I was a teenager my friends would come to my house and we would watch the most violent scenes from certain movies. we called them "blood scenes." such films included taxi driver, the wild bunch, and several Paul Verhoeven films. well edge of darkness could stand shoulder to shoulder with any of them at least from an blood scene standpoint. classic practical effect squib usage. beautiful.
Really underrated film in my opinion starring our old friend, Mel Gibson. Despite the controversies that surround the man, I've always liked him as an actor and still do. He's a terrific talent both behind and in front of the camera and it was good to see him return in this stripped down dark, edgy and ruthless crime thriller directed by Martin Campbell.
I was reluctant to see this in the theater following all of Mel Gibson's antics but I had had the UK TV serial recommended to me so I gave it a chance and was not disappointed.
This did not exactly redeem Mel Gibson for me but it did cause me to separate more of his off screen BS from his work.
Quite a decent thriller that manages to catch the essence of the original in the US context and in a movie instead of the more leisurely TV format.
Mel Gibson star in an extremely clunky conspiracy film featuring numerous wafer thin characters, while unsuccessfully waffling on about something to do with family.
The way the film moves from Gibson’s perspective to the other threads is amateurish. The subplot with Ray Winstone in particular is an amazing half-baked mess. This is made worse by annoying flashbacks and a daughter whose death does not hold her back from reappearing in the film. These scenes schmaltzy and don’t jive with the grim and unfortunately humourless tone of the rest of the film.
Any shocks rely on unexpected bursts of extreme violence. It is also hard to believe this is directed from the same man who made the original mini-series.
|King Costanza|: A ridiculous final shootout.
When someone shoots his visiting daughter dead on his doorstep, understandably vengeful Boston detective pits himself against a shady public contract corporation. Entertaining actioner offers Gibson a convincing (if unsubtle) comeback role in a revenge tale where plot believability is as expendable as its villains. Based on director Campbell's 1985 mini-series by the same name.
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