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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.