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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
Yes, I concur with the detractors, if we go by the far fetched conspiracy script, you will not enjoy the movie. This movie is a existential character study of two very disparate men who are moral opposites. Jedburgh the hired killer and garbageman for the corporate slime, and Craven, the moral policeman who just lost his anchor to life: his daughter. Both are facing death: Jedburgh is dying of cancer, Craven knows the investigation is a one way ticket. These are powerful people; you go after them, even if you kill them, you die. Gibson is always on that couch, covered in her blood, forever. He may move about but existentially he will always be there. The scene on the park bench, when he says,"I don't think I'm going to make it, honey," this is where he decides. He knows after a few minutes with Corporate boy that he did it. The guy almost dies for his mocking of Craven's grief. In a great scene, Gibson bull rushes his motorcade, storms into his backseat, puts a gun to his head, mocks his mockery, in pure darkness,"Tell me, how does it feel?" That is the title: He is at the Edge Of Darkness. Only his goodness stops him from executing his daughter's murderer. The movie really is the title: both of these men are facing Darkness: Morally and Existentially. Craven is on a suicide mission and Jedburgh is dying.
The friendship which slowly and realistically grows between these two opposites is the core of the movie. Try not to focus on the conspiracy and rather on these two men. Jedburgh senses that Craven is on a suicide mission; he will die but he will destroy the men who killed Emma. The growing warmth does not stop Jedburgh from still luring Craven to his death,"Why don't we take a little walk?" Craven replies,"I'm not going anywhere in the dark with you." The closeness takes almost the entire length of the movie. It is only when Jedburgh asks the happy, partying Corporate Slime what happened to Craven, they tell him oh! he got Huston but we got away and he cannot speak anymore. This is where Jedburgh, in one act of light before night, destroys the destroyers. He then asks the security guy if he has a family, when he says yes, he allows himself to be killed. This really is the movie. I agree with the above critics, the plot is rather far fetched but it really is tangential. The title refers to the moral crises of these two men, pitched on the edge of the abyss.
Jedburgh had a life of evil killing threats to these insects. Craven, while a good man, is severely tested to cross the line. He is forced to when he is poisoned with the milk; he has too little life left, there is but one recourse. To stress this, as Craven pours the poison milk down Huston's throat he yells,"You know you deserve this." That is also why he has that slime-ball yell Craven. See, an evil person would just shoot anyone at random in this group. This is Craven's Edge of Darkness. The movie is a treasure because it presents two antithetical men, coming from moral opposites. They meet in the middle: Craven is going into night, trying not to lose the light. Jedburgh is coming from pure night, before he dies, just one good act before nightfall.
It is a great, dark, deeply moving film but I truly own it for the beautiful ending. Who amongst us would not wish that when we die one of our beloved departed come for us like this? The ending with Emma gently coming for him and walking out into the light as he dies in the background, what a beautiful, powerfully moving scene. That, is what kept him on the ledge but out of the abyss. His wish to be with Emma again. His faith and his love kept him from falling into the darkness. I think if you watch the film for the story of these two men and how they meet their end, you will see the beauty of the film. Dark But Light Shines Through It.
"He Who Fights Monsters Should See To It That He Does not Become A Monster, And When You Look Long Into The Abyss, The Abyss Looks Into You."
Nietzsche From Beyond Good And Evil
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