Review Catch-Up: “Edge of Darkness”

February 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm 1 comment

No, this isn’t some sequel or spinoff of Pierre Morel’s Taken.  It is unfortunate that Edge of Darkness is being marketed as such (just check out the poster for this and for Taken), since this is quite a different movie from the Liam Neeson action flick from last year.   Unfortunately, this isn’t nearly as entertaining as that one.

Edge of Darkness follows Det. Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) as he searches for whomever murdered his daughter, gunned down by an assassin Craven assumed was aiming for him.  Things get crazy when he realizes his daughter really was the target, then goes into full detective mode trying to uncover the truth.

Gimme back my son! Wait, wrong movie...

This is not an action movie.  Yes, there are some moments of action, but they are few and far between.  In the movie’s nearly 2-hour runtime, maybe 10 minutes of it features any kind of shooting or extravagant violence.  What the story decides to focus on are the plot twists (which you can see coming from a mile away) and the political maneuverings of the movie’s corporate badguys.  This can lead to many people getting bored, or confused, as there are some characters that pop in without some proper explanation.  And just who the hell was Darius Jedburgh (Ray Winstone)?  He had some awesome scenes with Gibson, but his character just raised more questions than he answered.

The movie is based on a BBC mini-series from the 1980’s, created by the film’s director, Martin Campbell (of GoldenEye and Casino Royale fame).  The story definitely feels this way, as many side characters are not properly fleshed out, and plot twists come and go in a very condensed way.  The movie did, however, pique my interest in the mini-series, so maybe I should try to Netflix it sometime.

Edge of Darkness is for an audience with a slightly more focused attention span.  This is not a slight against the film, nor a slight against the movie-going public.  But, it was clear from the overall audience reaction when I saw it, that many were disappointed in the slow pace of the story and the general lack of ass-kicking.



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  • 1. mattvolke  |  June 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Great blog!

    We just reviewed this one on our blog

    Stop by and check it out!


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