Thursday, March 11, 2010

EDGE OF DARKNESS

Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic


"Some Secrets take us to the Edge"



Mel Gibson is back! And back with a vengeance in this suspense filled drama that hinges around a murder which unravels industrial secrets within the corporate world.

Here he portrays Thomas Craven, a Boston homicide detective whose daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) is viciously murdered on their front porch. At first, he naturally thinks that he was the target. Yet it seems that his innocent looking daughter had gotten herself involved in pretty nasty corporate espionage stuff. And there is nothing more heart wrenching than to have your only child murdered - thus driving poor Mel Gibson over the edge and he won't stop until he finds her killers.

During the first half of the movie, the plot plods on at a slower pace as Craven encounters clues that might help him solve the mystery. He meets an assortment of characters both sympathetic as well as bad guys. The story picks up towards the end as the mastermind(s) behind the killings are unmasked. Culminating in a somehow predictable ending where as expected Mel Gibson kills everybody who had anything to do with his only child's brutal slaying.

The action scenes are pretty much subdued, I would say. Not as gory nor violent as I thought they would be. But nonetheless they are indeed gruesome and fast paced. Mel Gibson is understandably much older and I believe this fatherly role suits him. They also inserted scenes where he gets to 'interact' with his dead daughter, adding some level of humanity into an otherwise physically demanding role. He also had good rapport with Ray Winstone who convincingly portrays some sort of cleaner that is in charge of hiding evidence on behalf of very powerful clients. Well that is, if you can understand Winstone's accent and dreadful way of not properly enunciating his words!

The plot line is very current as the bad guys (a US based conglomerate) are into the manufacturing of weapons of mass destruction using foreign parts so that when sold to their foreign ally won't be traced back to the US of A. How cunningly convenient and totally evil minded of them. Tsk tsk. Overall it is a good comeback vehicle for Mel Gibson. I'm looking forward to seeing him in more good roles that have a nice blend of action scenes coupled with angst ridden human drama.

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