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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:

Al filo de la oscuridad  »

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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Mel Gibson's first lead role since Signs (2002). See more »


When Craven is sick at the sink, the microwave in the background is in the corner of the counter with a yellow bowl on top of it. A few shots later when Craven is back at the sink, the microwave is about 5 feet from the corner with the yellow bowl to its right. See more »


Darius Jedburgh: Cigar?
Thomas Craven: I'm not celebrating just now.
Darius Jedburgh: I know you don't smoke. I saw your DARPA file.
Thomas Craven: You gonna tell me what that is?
Darius Jedburgh: Defense Advance Research Projects Agency. Their slogan is:
Darius Jedburgh: [speaks Latin] scientia est potentia
Darius Jedburgh: And I know you know Latin.
Thomas Craven: [speaks Latin] stile sursum
Thomas Craven: You know what that means, yeah?
Darius Jedburgh: Stand the fuck up.
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You have nothing to lose in seeing this movie, unlike Thomas Craven
27 January 2010 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

(Synopsis) Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective in the Boston Police Department. As they are walking out the front door of his house, his 24-year old daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) is blow away by a shotgun blast. Everyone assumes that Thomas, who was standing next to her, was the killer's intended target. However, Thomas begins to suspect that Emma was the real target. Driven by heartache and blame, Thomas initiates his own private investigation to uncover Emma's secret life and the reason for her murder. His investigation leads him down the path of corporate and government cover-ups, which resulted in his daughter's elimination. Thomas receives some help from a government operative, Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), who has been sent in to clean up the situation. Thomas Craven's search for the truth brings him closer to his daughter and his own deliverance.

(My Comment) This is an intense movie about family and closure, and of course, Detective Thomas Craven has a little different type of closure in mind. Some of the movie is a little hard to follow when Thomas does something, and you ask yourself, "why did he do that." But that might be part of the puzzle he is trying to solve. The reason the bad guys use for keeping everything secret is a little far-fetched. Mel Gibson's masterful portrayal of a man with nothing to lose is excellent. Everybody better get out of his way. From the movie trailers you would think that Thomas is going around threatening and killing everybody he meets, but that is not the case. Thomas does take out some of the bad guys, which will meet with your approval. This is a good action movie, but you must remember that it is definitely heavy on violence. (Warner Bros., Run Time 1:57, Rated R)(8/10)

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