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When a homicide detective's daughter is killed in his home, he assumes he was the target. But he soon learns that his daughter was the target and he searches for why this happened. This search leads him to a shadowy government operative, who has been sent in to clean up the evidence.
Drama Thriller - Despite the action-packed advertising campaign, this is a slow,
dark, and talky crime and conspiracy drama. Those expecting a
traditional Mel Gibson action thriller will be very disappointed.
Violent content and language make the film inappropriate for
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average This is 2010's first big cinematic disappointment - instead of a tense, tightly-plotted thriller, we're saddled with a lumbering misfire.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average I explain this not merely to avoid discussing the off-the-shelf thriller plot, but to illustrate that "Edge of Darkness," like so many recent thrillers, has no ambition to be taken seriously.
USA TodayFull Review Good Though the experience is nerve-racking and cathartic under Campbell's skilled direction, musings on family and grief and Gibson's intense, but subtle, performance stay with us longest.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 56 moviegoers:
TEENS:GREAT reviews from all the teens!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Most of the guys loved "Edge of Darkness." About one-quarter rated it average. The five females all enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar. About a third loved "Edge of Darkness." Another third rated it above average (Very Good). That indicates that two-thirds enjoyed this movie very much. Most of the rest rated it average, which isn't great, but it's not bad. Only a few rated it below average. Highly Recommended!
Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, twenty-four year old Emma (Bojana Novakovic), is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. But he soon suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter's secret life and her killing. His investigation leads him into a dangerous looking-glass world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder – and to shadowy government operative Darius Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), who has been sent in to clean up the evidence. Craven's solitary search for answers about his daughter's death transforms into an odyssey of emotional discovery and redemption.