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Edge of Darkness (10/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 117 minutes.
Not for children
Boston PD homicide detective Thomas Craven (Mel
Gibson) is a a single father whose only child, 24-year-old Emma (Bojana
Novakovic), is murdered in the first five minutes of the film in front
of his own eyes. Forgetting everything else, he commits himself to
finding her killer. As his investigation proceeds, he learns startling
facts about his daughter, and runs into government and business
Based on a 1985 BBC miniseries of the same name
(also directed by this film’s director, Martin Campbell, who directed
one of my favorite miniseries, 1983’s “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” starring
Sam Neill), “Edge of Darkness” is a high-tension thriller set in Boston
with tentacles into business and politics.
Despite the fact that Mel Gibson gives a
spellbinding performance as the grief-stricken detective who is out for
revenge, what makes this movie work is Campbell, who is an expert at
pace and tension. There is not a minute of this film that lets you
relax. Extra special is Craven’s relationship with shadowy hitman Darius
Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), who is either out to kill Craven, or not.
Whatever, Winstone gives an award-quality performance as a sensitive
hitman (a Hollywood staple even though there is no such thing as a
caring psychopath). Although the entire cast is superb, Danny Huston,
who plays corporate chieftain Jack Bennett, stands out as appropriately
The only clumsiness in the movie was the
identification of the corrupt Senator from Massachusetts as a
Republican. Until Scott Brown was elected in response to overwhelming
public opposition to Obama and the Democrat party (which occurred after
this film was wrapped), it was unheard of for a Republican to be a
Senator from Massachusetts. This could only be a political shot.
Some might think that the corporate corruption
shown is asserting a leftwing position, but there are a lot of
self-centered, avaricious despots running corporations. I’ve known some.
Adding charm to the film are the multiple
locations, in and around Boston, including the Back Bay; the Boston
Commons and Public Gardens, a magnificent Tudor mansion in Manchester,
Lincoln, Merrimac, Charlestown, Newburyport, Rockport, and in the
picturesque towns of Northampton and Amherst, and on top of Mt.
Sugarloaf in Deerfield.
There is not one slow second in this entertaining