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Edge of Darkness (2010)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agent One
Chief of Police
Detective Darcy Jones
Gabrielle Popa ...
Young Emma (as Maria Gabrielle Popa)
Northampton Police Detective


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 (United Kingdom), 31 January 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,214,384, 31 January 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Mel Gibson's first leading role since Signs (2002). See more »


When Craven goes to Identify his daughter's body, there is no visible evidence of autopsy (assume it was done because the coroner rattles off causes of death). Being the victim of a shotgun wound to the torso, she would have had a standard Y-incision, the top part of which should be visible on her exposed upper chest. See more »


Darius Jedburgh: I don't know what it means to have lost a child, but I know what it means never to have had one.
Thomas Craven: Yeah, got nobody left to bury you.
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Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Charlie Parker
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User Reviews

This is NOT Taken -- The trailer is misleading
29 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This one surprised me, because I had seen very little advertising or hype for this movie. My friend and I watched the trailer and I thought, "Eh, kinda looks like another 'Taken' or 'Death Sentence.' I'm so glad I was wrong.

This is not another "father goes on rampage to kill the guy that kidnapped/murdered his child." It's actually a very involved thriller that has a fair few twists and turns around a conspiracy Gibson's daughter was involved in. Gibson actually does not go all gung-ho like Neeson did; rather, he was very careful in his investigations. His performance was brilliant, as was Ray Winstone's, though I found myself wishing he had a bit more screen time.

The pacing is pretty quick in some places, so it keeps you interested. Sometimes the plot may be a little convoluted, but it makes sense if one pays enough attention.

Also, I should note that there isn't nearly as much action as the trailer makes it seem. There is FAR more drama, though it's still plenty tense.

First movie of 2010 I've seen, and it's off to a great start. "Edge of Darkness" is well worth it, and certainly not the movie its advertising makes it out to be. Go see it, you won't regret it.

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