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EDGE OF DARKNESS

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  117 minutes, deleted/ alternate scenes

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Warner Bros./ GK Films/ BBC Films/ Icon Productions

RELEASE DATE:  5-11-2010

Detective Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) thinks the bullet that killed his daughter was meant for him.   When he finds out that she was the target, he starts to uncover a conspiracy to cover up the dealings that a defense contractor (Northmoor) is involved that resulted in the deaths of three environmental protestors and his daughter.   Craven is out for revenge and he doesn’t care for justice.   Craven’s quest starts to endanger anyone involved in this conspiracy involving nuclear weapons.  Craven is seemingly helped by Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), a secret government clean-up man sent in to clean up the Northmoor mess.

 

EDGE OF DARKNESS is a remake of the BBC mini-series and marks the first acting role for Mel Gibson in eight years.  He delivers with this role as he makes us believe that Craven is cold and relentless in his quest for revenge.  EDGE OF DARKNESS is a slow burn that keeps you interested as Craven finds answers and the defense contractor attempts to stop him.  It is a murky world that Craven becomes involved in as everyone involved thinks that they’re doing things for the greater good and collateral damage is acceptable.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The only extra are four deleted and extended scenes that includes an alternate sequence showing the introduction of Ray Winstone’s character.  I wish the disc had an audio commentary or a making-of featurette.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   EDGE OF DARKNESS is a great overdue return to acting for Mel Gibson.  He makes the movie succeed based on his turn as Craven.

 

This DVD review is (c)5-16-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com