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Edge of Darkness (2010)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  29 January 2010 (USA)
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As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.



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Thomas Craven is a detective who has spent years working the streets of Boston. When his own daughter is killed outside his own home, Craven soon realizes that her death is only one piece of an intriguing puzzle filled with corruption and conspiracy, and it falls to him to discover who is behind the crime. Written by alfiehitchie

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,172,927 (UK) (29 January 2010)


$43,290,977 (USA) (2 April 2010)

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Did You Know?


Based on the hugely popular, multi-award-winning British TV miniseries Edge of Darkness (1985) written by Troy Kennedy-Martin and directed by Martin Campbell. In the original, Bob Peck played Craven, and Joe Don Baker Darius Jedburgh. See more »


In the kitchen when Craven pours himself and Jedburgh a shot of whiskey, Craven puts the bottle down and the level is just below the neck. However when Craven sits back down the level drops to the "shoulders" of the bottle before rising again to the neck 5 seconds later. See more »


Thomas Craven: I'm the guy with nothing to lose and doesn't give a shit.
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Old-fashioned crime/thriller in modern setting
29 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great mystery/action/crime film that opens with a murder, as the trailer advertised. But the mystery around the murder is the meat of Edge of Darkness. So, it fits the mold of old-fashioned crime thrillers but in a modern setting. The action and entertainment come from how Mel Gibson, the main character, solves the mystery. Some fine performances by supporting actors add to the quality of the film. This is a top notch thriller that also has some unusual twists at the end. Excellent entertainment overall.

One quirk about the film that others may also find amusing is in the portrayal of the U.S. Senator from Boston as a Republican. Until the recent election to fill the seat of deceased Edward Kennedy, there hadn't been a Republican in the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in more than three decades. But then, movies are fiction, aren't they!

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