Widowed cop Thomas Craven's (Gibson) only child--activist daughter Emma--is gunned down in front of his home and it's assumed Thomas was actually the target. When he investigates, Thomas discovers more than he expected: a tangled web of corporate and political cover-ups and conspiracies. Based on the British miniseries, the movie is overpacked with more information than two hours can contain, and fails to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Strong supporting roles, especially from Winstone, but Gibson crowds everyone else off the screen with a one-dimensional boiling rage as the movie devolves into a self-important "Death Wish."
Well-paced, emotionally complex, and expertly performed, Martin Campbell's Edge of Darkness is a surprisingly effective film, a stand-out in a month that hasn't exactly started the new decade with an abundance of quality. Featuring not just Mel Gibson's first performance in nearly a decade but also one ...Read More