Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a solid working Boston police detective
who collects his visiting and strangely ill daughter Emma and heads
home, upon arriving though a masked gunman launches a shotgun assault at
the house, killing Emma instantly.
Thomas is determined that the bullets were meant for him as retribution
but with a bit more searching he finds that his daughter actually has a
hidden pistol, raising the question, was the hit actually for him or was
it for his daughter? With some more searching Thomas finds a strong link
between Emmaís sickness and fear along with the company she worked for ĎNorthmoorí,
a company that Emma was planning on outing as manufacturers of illegal
It is a great sight to see Mel Gibson back in the driverís seat of a
thriller action movie again, and this is the perfect re-entry for him.
His portrayal of the lost father is the key to the whole movie, bringing
together extreme sadness, brutal anger, and touches of insanity to draw
you into the film. Edge Of Darkness has a gritty underworld style of
filming that hasnít really been seen much in the last decade or so, and
the plot (originally based around a BBC miniseries) is a strong web of
characters, deceit, uncertainty, and nail biting action, all of which
roll into a very underrated movie of which nothing is certain until the
final credits roll.
Being shot around the Massachusetts area, the film has a grey tone to it
which sets the depressed and angry moods in subtly, this is backed up
strongly by the score of Howard Shore whose previous movies you may
recognise as The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Even with all the great points of this movie doesnít have a massive
amount of re-watch ability, once the mystery is gone there is no desire
to reconnect with the characters, itís a onetime deal and a massive blow
for a good film. This will get simply added to the list of Gibson films
and forgotten about, but hopefully, this will also be the film that
begins his resurgence again.