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The Edge of Darkness [User Review] [User Review]


The edge of darkness is a drink of ginger ale – it is not that mind blowing glass of wine, but not your down-pouring cup of coca cola neither.

Our Mel Gibson as a police detective was traumatised by his beloved daughter’s death and decided to take a series of revenge action to dig to the root. As the background of his daughter’s complex unfold he realized that more politics and powerful people were involved but he didn’t care. He took justice in his own hand cos he was a guy ‘ with nothing to lose and doesn’t give a sh!t”.

I’d blame the movie preview for making the movie looked much like an action movie… after all you have all the essence, the dead daughter, the government cover-up, the angry Mel, and that ‘on the cross or banging it’ statement. The preview also had all the action scenes actually in the movie… so don’t get fooled and think that you are walking into another ‘Man on Fire’ or ‘Taken’. What the preview didn’t tell is the movie was trying very hard reaching out for the father love and deep sadness after the daughter was gone. The girls sit behind me cried half of the movie so it must be very touching.

The movie thus, is half drama thriller and half action thriller, and with end feeling of halfway to each. It is like having the sweetness and flavour both in your glass, which is very nice, but unfortunately they are not very well mixtured so you don’t feel like drinking a balanced drink as whole. I guess the makers were aiming for a boutique brewed drink but at the end it still taste like a softdrink from any fridge. When the emotional sequences started it was very touching -- there were some very interesting angles for a lost soul father, the ash scene on the beach, that was all very nicely done; but when father started to investigate and put on some action, the build-up was gone… he was more of fighting for justice than the sorrow of losing his daughter. I don’t know how to describe this better, it was not homogenised throu-out the movie and probably need more shaking & blending.

It was certainly interesting to see Mel at it again… he was successful at both roles before, the sad father (the patriot) and the revenging angry man (payback). He has done a great job but I blame the director for not achieving the same hight as ‘the ransom’. Also the scene when Mel holding the gun-wound daughter on the floor performance, it was almost identical as in ‘the patriot’ when Heath Ledger was killed – made me wonder if the almighty Mel also has his limit.

The whole plot sounds really early ninety-ish but I guess that is not the point. People have seen enough these days and no longer shocked by the ‘government cover-ups’ so the plot really is just there to vehicle the actions for the angry father to kick some ass. Ray Winston is as effective as always which is nice add-up. I secretly felt disappointed cos at the end Ray killed more people than Mel, it certainly could be nice with a little bit more action to help the emotional climax.

The movie, ‘the edge of darkness’, doesn’t fall into the cheese collection. Sadly among all the memorable ones, it is not that high up there.



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Edge of Darkness (2010)


Directed by: Martin Campbell
Written by: William Monahan, Andrew Bovell
Cast: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic

Source of the Bitter: Que

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Sun, 02/07/2010 - 10:38pm

All you need is:

"The girls sit behind me cried half of the movie so it must be very touching."


"The movie, ‘the edge of darkness’, doesn’t fall into the cheese collection. Sadly among all the memorable ones, it is not that high up there."

Haha - Thanks, Que!

Que on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 12:09pm

yeah, I guess I didn't have to bother that much.

could keep short but hey, the ticket was not cheap!

JAS on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 12:15pm

No, please. If you feel the need you can always rip into them. That is what BB is here for. :)