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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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Martin Campbell

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William Monahan (screenplay), Andrew Bovell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Craven
Ray Winstone ... Jedburgh
Danny Huston ... Jack Bennett
Bojana Novakovic ... Emma Craven
Shawn Roberts ... Burnham
David Aaron Baker ... Millroy
Jay O. Sanders ... Whitehouse
Denis O'Hare ... Moore
Damian Young ... Senator Jim Pine
Caterina Scorsone ... Melissa
Frank Grillo ... Agent One
Wayne Duvall ... Chief of Police
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Detective Darcy Jones
Gabrielle Popa Gabrielle Popa ... Young Emma (as Maria Gabrielle Popa)
Paul Sparks ... Northampton Police Detective
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Storyline

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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Some secrets take us to the edge See more »


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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

Latin | French | English

Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edge of Darkness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,214,384, 31 January 2010

Gross USA:

$43,313,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,124,129
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Craven has a suspicious resemblance to the famed 70's TV detective Columbo. When he talks to many of the people with his Boston accent and his rumpled London Fog trench coat, he sounds just like Columbo (with a Boston instead of New York accent. See more »

Goofs

Craven makes the statement that his daughter was poisoned by thallium, pronouncing it "thay-li-um". The first syllable is correctly pronounced to rhyme with the first syllable in "California". See more »

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Thomas Craven: Welcome to Hell!
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Connections

Remake of Edge of Darkness (1985) See more »

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Embraceable You
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Performed by Charlie Parker
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An Apt Title - Dark, Edgy
14 May 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Yes, that's a good title for this film about a good cop who throws out all the rules and lives on the "edge of darkness" after his daughter is poisoned and murdered. At that point, he "doesn't give a s--t," as he states in the film. He will do whatever it takes to find out what happened to his daughter, who killed her and who was behind it all. This reminded me of Mel Gibson's 1999 film "Payback" where he plays a rough character on a mission.

There is no wasted talk in here, especially by Gibson's character, "Det.Thomas Craven." Although a little shocked because I didn't think I'd see this veteran actor return to these kind of roles, I have to admit he's fascinating in them. The only difference - and you really see this on the fine Bu-Ray transfer - is all the wrinkles in Mel's face! He ain't a kid, anymore. Either is actor Ray Winstone, but he is equally fascinating as the mysterious "Jedburgh." This is a rough film, make no mistake. The language is very profane in the first half but surprisingly absent of that in the second half. The tenseness and the no-compromise violence, however, is there from start-to-finish. The movie doesn't overdo the amount of violence, however, keeping things cerebral enough so when something does happen, it's quick and shocking.

The villains are the stereotypical ones of Hollywood: the U.S. government, the Defense Department, a senator (a Republican, of course), and a few other of the usual suspects. However, despite that normal bias, I found the film very entertaining with plenty of twists and turns to keep your brain going, not just your base instincts. Regarding the latter, there are some gruesome scenes in here, so be warned about that. As I said, it's a rough, take-no-prisoners film.


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