Last night, I went to see “Edge of Darkness”, Mel Gibson’s first movie in eight years. I know many people who won’t go watch him because of his drunken anti-Semitic tirade a few years ago, but I watch movies to see actors act. I don’t have to like their personal views.
Edge of Darkness is a dark look at a cop who loses his only daughter. He is widowed, we presume, because there’s no mention of his wife and her mother in the entire film. In the end, he has nothing left to live for, and he’s determined that those responsible will pay. It’s not as gritty as “Man on Fire” or “Payback”, but it’s not as slick as “Ransom”, either. The tone is bleak but sometimes resorts to just enough bloody splashes of violence to change it up. Martin Campbell, who also directed “Casino Royale”, which is one of the best Bond films to date, kept the story tight. With the exception of a few unnecessary moments of exposition that I can only imagine are put in there for audiences who can’t understand the Boston accents being thrown around (It gets a bit thick sometimes!), it’s a good movie. A little predictable and a little derivative, but I enjoyed seeing Mel Gibson in a role that he fits into like a glove.
I give it three out of five Sugartits.