Edge of Darkness

Edge of Darkness: when his sick daughter is gunned down, detective Tom Craven starts looking for people with a grudge against him, but maybe he wasn’t the target. This is a good-old corporation/government conspiracy film that feels like a throwback to the blunt movies of the 80s. There’s a few totally unexpected, and fairy graphic deaths that have genuine shock value, and get properly etched in your brain. The plot starts to feel like a runaway train, where the crazy and unbelievable things start piling up. We also get treated to a variety of terrible Boston accents, which make some of the dialogue difficult to catch. Gibson pulls out a decent performance, given his characters complex mental state – but everyone else can be filed under ‘hammy’ or ‘generic’. One final note, to Ray Winstone, please stop being Ray Winstone! Despite sitting on the Edge of Realism, Edge of Darkness is a decent, albeit depressingly nihilistic, action / thriller / revenge / conspiracy picture from the director that had the stones and talent to save the James Bond franchise twice.

Score: 5.5/10

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  1. I enjoyed this more than I expected. It’s a movie adaptation of a stellar mid-80 British miniseries. Not only did Martin Campbell film two of the best Bond films, he did both the miniseries and this redux. Not bad ;-)

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I’ll have to see about hunting down the original Mini series as a few people have mentioned it’s fantastic. Would have been a lot scarier than too, at the end of the cold war with M.A.D. primed to happen at any minute!

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