Edge of Darkness (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Martin Campbell Starring: Mel Gibson Ray Winstone

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The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven. That's what police brass and Craven himself think, but that's not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. If Craven wasn't a target before, he - and anyone linked to his inquiry - now is. Mel Gibson stars in his first screen lead in eight years, making Craven's grief palpable and his quest for payback stone-cold and relentless. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directs from a screenplay co-written by The Departed's William Monahan. Gibson is back, taking us to the edge...and into the sinister darkness.


Studio Warner
SKU 214982761
UPC 883929105731
UPC 14 00883929105731
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/29/2013
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note 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. Written by Oscar-winner William Monahan (THE DEPARTED) and screenwriter Andrew Bovell (LANTANA), EDGE OF DARKNESS also stars Ray Winstone and Danny Huston.
Chicago Sun-Times "Winstone's interaction with Gibson provides the movie with much of its interest....Gibson is a credible, attractive hero, as he has always been..." 01/27/2010
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Mel Gibson shines in this kind of role, and he's at his very best in this politically charged thriller..." 01/27/2010
Los Angeles Times "EDGE OF DARKNESS hangs in there and fleshes out its '70s-style symphony of paranoia....The best of the violence carries a brutal jolt." 01/29/2010
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "Mel Gibson is back to doing what he does best....This tense tale of a father's love for his daughter and his blinding sense of revenge artfully blends emotion and suspense." 01/29/2010
Hollywood Reporter "Mel Gibson returns to form in EDGE OF DARKNESS....Also sturdy are the supporting players, particularly Ray Winstone as a quietly threatening government op..." 01/24/2010
Entertainment Weekly "Gibson speaks in a dry Boston accent and really gets the gruff, blunt working-class Boston Irish 'tude behind those inflections." -- Grade: B 01/29/2010
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Nobody goes postal quite like Mel, giving a white heat to his personal mission that keeps us watching." 01/28/2010
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "Gibson brings the pain -- either with a pistol or his eyes, which carry the same wounded, vulnerable quality they always have, here fully exploited." 01/22/2010
Rolling Stone "Mel Gibson's return to acting is a welcome sight....[He] shows his movie-star shine hasn't dimmed." 02/18/2010
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "A slow-burning conspiracy with an incredible performance by Gibson." 05/10/2010
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "A sturdy big-screen remake....Ray Winstone steals the show as an enigmatic 'fixer' who may or may not be one of the good guys." 07/01/2010
Martin Campbell
Mel Gibson
Ray Winstone
Cast & Crew
Mel Gibson - Star
Ray Winstone - Star
Danny Huston - Star
Bojana Novakovic - Star
Shawn Roberts - Star
William Monahan - Screenwriter
Graham King - Producer
Michael Wearing - Producer
Andrew Bovell - Screenwriter
Troy Kennedy Martin - Source Writer
Martin Campbell - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00883929105731
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review In the six years since his last big-screen role, Mel Gibson has taken on the look of an aging parent. He plays a Boston police detective with a grown-up daughter, and seeing him with her - that is, seeing Gibson playing opposite the young actress who plays his daughter - is like seeing an older guy who accepts that his life energy is ebbing and who takes comfort that his vitality lives undiminished in his child...Gibson has only one scene with the daughter (Bojana Novakovic) in Edge of Darkness, and he plays it with the gentle self-consciousness of someone not old but getting old, who senses that the power balance between parent and offspring has imperceptibly shifted in favor of the younger generation. This is touching to see, and so when the daughter is killed - this happens within five minutes of the opening credits - it lands with an awful impact. Director Martin Campbell films Gibson staring into space in the aftermath looking small and weakened, as if he's not only lost his reason for living but also half his physical strength...Against Gibson's aura of uncomplicated decency his co-stars' villainy gets to stand out in sharp relief. As a nuclear executive, Danny Huston seems mentally convoluted and baroque, and Dennis O'Hare's government bureaucrat is like some fretting fiend, unwilling to slow down for one second to consider obscure matters such as truth or common decency. Damian Young plays a Massachusetts senator as the worst kind of stuffed shirt: corrupt, complacent and oozing politeness...These villains are specific, of course, but they're also archetypes for the things people fear - unseen powers running our lives, running our world, threatening to take what's most precious from us. I don't see Edge of Darkness as a great movie, or a particularly exalted one, but I do see it as one made by people who know where the buttons are - and who know how to press them. Hard.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...musings on family and grief and Gibson's intense, but subtle, performance stay with us longest.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.

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