Edge of Darkness (2010)

A Film Noir Mystery Like No Other

When it comes to whether this movie will be a hit or miss, then you better decide, "If you're the one hanging on the cross, or banging in the nails." Mel Gibson makes his triumphant acting return to the big screen, in this latest film noir type thriller that will leave a deep imprint on anyone's psyche. The story is a essentially a murder case where homicide Detective, Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson), investigates Emma Craven (Bojana Novakovic), his daughter's murder. On the night she came home to spend time with her father, she was shot brutally in front of him. Holding her in his arms, as she lies there bleeding to death. Thomas takes it upon himself, despite his police chief's objection, to investigate his daughter's murder. What starts off as a routine investigation, where they assume Thomas was the target of assassination gone wrong, soon turns into one elaborate government conspiracy like no other. It's then that Thomas discovers that he was not the intended target. What he could uncover is a government conspiracy so big, that even he may not be able to solve it. At least not without, a lot of sacrifices along the way, and lives being put in danger. "Edge of Darkness" isn't one of your typical cliche cop movies, where you'll hear a lot one liners or the generic Hollywood ending. Instead, this offers up a mystery movie so deep and dark, that viewer will constantly be left at the edge of their seats.

Mel Gibson does an excellent portraying the emotionally distraught Detective, who becomes haunted and conflicted by memories of his daughter. Having constant flashbacks of his daughter growing up, and the site of her being shot in front of him. Needless, to say Thomas gets completely pushed to the edge with this case. Not knowing who the trust, as even some of his closest friends are in on this elaborate government conspiracy.

The tone of the movie is shrouded in mystery, as the plot is so deviously perverse that one mystery leads to another. The viewer is never able to pinpoint where the story line is going until the very end. This works remarkably as it keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Exploring deep into the mind set of Thomas Craven, as he's unsure who to trust. As the only advantage he has to solve this case is that he has nothing to lose.

Indeed, Martin Campbell does a great job mixing in just the right amount of drama, murder, and betrayal where it doesn't come off as cliche or over dramatic. No, he uses just the right amount, as to allow the audience to relate to Thomas' frustration, while constantly keep them guessing throughout the movie.

"Edge of Darkness" is a masterful mystery/thriller like no other. Mel Gibson gives a command performance as the cop on the edge, with nothing to lose, trying to solve the murder of his daughter's death. While Martin Campbell uses the film noir aspects of the movie, to keep and enthrall audiences. A definite must see for those that are fans of a good mystery movie.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I can be very weird; if there is an actor/actress whose style I personally do not like and he or she happens to have a role in a movie, regardless how insignificant, I am hard pressed to force myself to watch it. Mel Gibson, for whatever reason, is one of those innocent Hollywood stars that made it on that forbidden list of mine. But once in awhile I am willing to make that rare exception. (Mostly it’s by accident!!!!) Will this be that film? It sounds pretty good, Steven, thanks to you!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Similar to Ann's sentiment, the story sounds fascinating, yet Mel still gives me pause.

Thanks for the review!


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago

I would't go to a Mel Gibson movie even if somebody gave me a free ticket. (I might if somebody offered to pay me my usual hourly rate.)


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@ralph deeds

lol. fair enough. however, i can understand where your coming from though. as there's even movies that i wouldn't even see if you paid me to. lol

@Ann Nonymous and lorie6

Thanks Ann and lorie. It's always nice hearing compliments like that from a couple of great gals like yourselves. Anyway, I know you both don't like mel gibson but if you do see it, then you won't be disappointed. trust me. As the story line alone, makes it worth watching.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Sounds like a great movie, and I've been a fan of Mel Gibson from way back. He's got problems like any other artist. Good to have him back! Thanks for another great review.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Your welcome. Well if you love mel gibson, then you'll definitely love this movie then. As this is probably one his best films yet.


pinkylee 6 years ago

awesome hub hun .. now im gonna have to see it


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

thanks pinkylee. i'm glad you liked the review. :)


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salt 6 years ago from australia

I have a liking for Mel, I remember him talking about a type of meditation years ago and the next day someone came up and told me all about it... I think Mel has more to him that what we see - and I do wish him well. He walks through some exciting, difficult, enthralling and interesting steps in his life.

and love to his family - they must be a strong bunch.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Well, to be perfectly honest, I really don't know much about Mel Gibson personally. Other than he's a christian, and a family man like you said. However, I'm sure he's a very nice guy in real life, and he's definitely a better actor than a lot of people give him credit for.

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