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The Edge of Darkness – Movie Reviews by Kate

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Rated: R  for strong bloody violence and language

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Starring:Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic

Director: Martin Campbell

Plot: CASINO ROYALE filmmaker Martin Campbell directs a remake of his own BBC miniseries with this thriller. Mel Gibson stars as Thomas Craven, a man who has spent years as a detective in Boston. When… CASINO ROYALE filmmaker Martin Campbell directs a remake of his own BBC miniseries with this thriller. Mel Gibson stars as Thomas Craven, a man who has spent years as a detective in Boston. When his own daughter is killed near the door of his home, Craven realizes that her death is only one piece of a puzzle filled with corruption and conspiracy, and it falls to him to discover who is behind the crime.

Running Time: 1:49

Kate says – 3 stars “I know, I know…it’s Mel Gibson, but it doesn’t take long to get over that fact and into believing  he is  Tom Craven, a policeman whose only daughter gets violently murdered right before his eyes. This movie is intense, suspenseful, shocking in it’s violence, and chock full of revenge. It’s also full of tender, emotional and heart wrenching scenes. I like the pacing of this movie. The action scenes are spaced smartly throughout the story and not long and drawn out just for the sake of being long and drawn out. FYI…there are  some pretty gruesome bloody scenes and it earns it’s R rating for sure. Definitely not for kids or the overly squeamish.”

Ebert says – 2 1/2 stars “Can we think of Mel Gibson simply as an action hero? A star whose personal baggage doesn’t upstage his performances? I find that I can. He has made deplorable statements in recent years… The fact remains that in “Edge of Darkness” he remains a likable man with a natural screen presence.” (read full review)

Lou Lumenick (New York Post) says – 3 stars “No matter what you think of “Mad” Mel Gibson’s exploits as an alcoholic bigot and wacko director, he remains an actor to be reckoned with in the rousing revenge melodrama “Edge of Darkness,” his first starring role in eight years.” (read full review)

Roger Moore (Orlando Sentinel) says – 2 stars “Moviegoers can rest easy. Mel Gibson is back in the business of starring in violent ,paranoid thrillers, back in the business of starring in movies — period. But for all its familiar Mel touches, Edge of Darkness, Gibson’s first leading role since 2002’s Signs, is an odd duck of a thriller. Quiet, talkative, with the occasional explosion of violence...” (read full review)

Claudia Puig (USA Today) says – 3 stars “Not only is Edge of Darkness Gibson’s best work in a decade — a big improvement over such drivel as What Women Want— it is a well-crafted thriller. This tense tale of a father’s love for his daughter and his blinding sense of revenge artfully blends emotion and suspense.” (read full review)

Rotten Tomatoes says – 56% “For better and for worse, Edge of Darkness offers vintage Mel Gibson, working within the familiar framework of a bloody revenge thriller.”

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