Edge of Darkness

Mel Gibson stars in this surprisingly noir-ish remake of a 1980s British TV series. Boston police Det. Thomas Craven is the single father of a 20-something atomic-research scientist; one day, his daughter returns home and is converted into a pulpy substance by a gun that is no doubt illegal in Massachusetts. As a result, Craven decides to hunt down those responsible—who, it turns out, are Republicans. I like that they actually named the political party, because in this age of fractious and pointless political intolerance, it’s important to pick sides so as to perpetuate the stupidity. Edge of Darkness could be read as a complex indictment of the military industrial complex, or it could just be an excuse for Gibson to hurt people on film—and Gibson does like hurting people on film. The retro soundtrack by Howard Shore is nice, and there are some fun references to films like D.O.A., Kiss Me Deadly and The Big Heat, but there’s no particular reason to run out and see this, unless you want to keep track of what Gibson is doing when he’s not fornicating with Russian supermodels or blaming the Jews for his alcohol problem.

Credits

Director:

  • Martin Campbell

Cast:

  • Mel Gibson
  • Ray Winstone
  • Danny Huston
  • Bojana Novakovic
  • Shawn Roberts
  • David Aaron Baker
  • Jay Sanders
  • Denis O'Hare
  • Damian Young
  • Caterina Scorsone
  • Frank Grillo
  • Wayne Duvall
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe
  • Maria Popa
  • Paul Sparks
  • Christy Scott Cashman
  • Dossy Peabody

Producers:

  • Graham King
  • Tim Headington
  • Michael Wearing
  • Gail Lyon
  • Danton Rissner
  • David M. Thompson
  • Suzanne Warren
  • E. Bennett Walsh

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