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Edge of Darkness (2010)

 -  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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Few escape justice. None escape vengeance. See more »


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

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,172,927 (UK) (29 January 2010)

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$43,290,977 (USA) (2 April 2010)
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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 »

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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 »

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[last lines]
Darius Jedburgh: You got a family?
State Trooper #2: Yeah.
Darius Jedburgh: Kids?
State Trooper #2: Yeah.
Darius Jedburgh: [lowers his weapon]
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Say My Name
(Oksana Grigorieva (as Grigorieva) / Mel Gibson (as Gibson))
Performed by Oksana Grigorieva
Courtesy of Icon Distribution, Inc.
Published by Pink Dolphin Songs (BMI)
Muse Icon Publishing, Inc. (BMI) Administered by Cherry River
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Mel is Back as a detective with drama, intrigue and action
26 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at an early screening and was delighted.

I give this movie three stars out of four, or 8 of ten points for great characters, intrigue, and some startling action scenes. It looses the 2 points because it does tend to slow down a little and become more dramatic at times but if you are a Mel Gibson fan you probably won't mind that at all. This movie reminded me a little of Taken, with a whole lot of Enemy of the State, and just a touch of Jason Bourne. Mel Gibson is engaging in his first acting role in years, although he definitely looks older now. It's hard to watch Gibson here without thinking of Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon and there is some carryover but here Craven played by Gibson is the older, caring, Father who is also a cop although there is still some of of the craziness that made Mel so dynamic in a number of his roles. In some ways Mel reminded me here a little of Clint Eastwood in movies like Absolute Power and In the Line of Fire as the more mature protagonist who combines maturity and cunning with a fierce side that comes out in battle.

It's not giving anything away to say that the story is about Mel Gibson's character trying to find out who killed his daughter as that much is in the trailer. Mel plays a veteran detective and so has skills and resources we civilians don't. The movie takes a while to develop and takes great pains to show the love of Craven for his daughter in the opening scenes and then periodically remind us in flashbacks. There are a lot of characters which seem to be critical to building the intrigue of the movie; activists, defense contractors, government officials and various henchmen. The movie does a good job for a while of hiding who is working for whom. Suspense does build for most of the movie but a good bit before the end it is evident what is going on and the movie shifts from an action thriller to more of an pure action movie.

Ray Winstone plays an intriguing role as Jedburgh, deftly showing protagonist and antagonist sides at different times in a mysterious role. Danny Huston plays a multi-dimensional character, Jack Bennet, that is fun to watch. Bojana Novakovic as Emma Craven is a sweetheart. Jay O. Sanders plays a solid role as Detective Whitehouse.

The movie is definitely heavy on violence and acting independent of authority although I don't remember any swearing or sex scenes. Still it requires a mature audience as the hero's actions are probably not ones you want your kids emulating in your house. As with so many movies it portrays sides of business and government at their worst. So,since it is light on sexuality and vulgarity I would suggest that if you let your older kids go that you still discuss the extreme portrayals of the police, use of force, business and government.

It's good to see Mel back in action.


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