Thursday, July 1, 2010
Directed by Martin Campbell
Starring Mel Gibson, Bojana Novakivic, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Jay O. Sanders, Denis O'Hare
Well, Mel Gibson's back.. finally. He hasn't made a starring role since 2002's Signs which honestly wasn't much of a send-off. And because The Passion Of The Christ put so many people off of his acting (he never even appeared on screen, but the idea of him as a religious nut did the trick), Edge Of Darkness is the first real role he's done in front of the camera in 8 years.
Gibson plays homicide detective Tom Craven who's activist daughter is gunned down on his door step and as Craven begins to look into the case himself, the findings lead him deep into the world of politics and conspiracies.
The less said about the plot, the better because it's an intriguing and complicated one, but while the film itself is masterful suspence, the real cream of the crop is the man himself. Gibson is as powerful as he ever was as the father seeking revenge for the murder of his only child. The script is based on a BBC TV-series from 1985 which was also directed by Campbell (Casino Royale, The Mask Of Zorro). This is a good old fashioned thriller that deserves to be seen.
Besides, the film has one of the best one-liners of recent years: "You had better decide whether you're hanging on the cross or banging in the nails". Classic.
Mel Gibsonin ensimmäinen pääosa kahdeksaan vuoteen on hieno ja voimakas suoritus isänä, joka selvittää ainoan lapsensa murhaa ja halajaa kostoa vastuullisille. BBC:n mini-sarjaan pohjautuva elokuva on juoneltaan harkittu ja vaikka itse filmi onkin mestarillinen, on paluun tehnyt Gibson kakun kerma.
Edge Of Darkness at IMDb