Synopsis: [spoiler]Thomas Craven, a single father, has been a Boston homicide detective for many years. His 24-year-old daughter Emma, his only child, is killed on the front steps of his home. At first it appears that Craven was the intended target. He soon uncovers evidence that leads him to think differently, and decides to pursue the information at all costs. He learns his daughter led a secret life that led to her murder. He quickly finds himself confronted with a shadowy world of corporate collusion with government-sanctioned murder. In the process he collides with a secret government operative, Darius Jedburgh, whose job is to clean up and hide any remaining evidence. Craven's singleness of purpose in finding answers about Emma's death becomes a transforming experience that changes his life.Written by briant-6[/spoiler]
From watching the trailer, the first thing that came to my head was- "Mel Gibson's daughter is a terrorist threat???" Of course, it was slightly different to how the trailer was making it seem; misleading, if anything.
First and foremost, I'd like to address Mel Gibson's performance in this, something which I thought overshadowed the entire duration of the film. Although the film wasn't the most spectacular, the plot was relatively interesting and had my attention the whole way through, but admittedly by the end of the film I was slightly disappointed, albeit amused. Bojana Novakovic though, who plays Gibson's daughter, showed her lack of experience in the Edge of Darkness, but very accurately portrayed a person affected by radiation poisoning perfectly(*).
I couldn't help but feel almost a religious undertone throughout, more specifically in the end scene, it was such a clichéd ending, something the film could most definitely done without.
Ray Winstone had a minor role, in which he portrayed a sort of neutral party, up until halfway through the film, when things went in a different direction, but questions which were unanswered at the beginning became...well, answered.
Ultimately, I enjoyed Edge of Darkness, although it wasn't a film I would purchase on DVD, it kept me entertained for 120 minutes.
Decent acting from the cast as a whole, decent plot, clichéd ending, overall a decent film.
*Honestly, it was...well, crap.