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Thursday, June 3, 2010

DVD Review: "Edge of Darkness"

"You had better decide whether you're hanging on the cross or banging in the nails."
Mel Gibson makes a return to the big screen in Edge of Darkness, a crime thriller based on a BBC drama series about Boston detective Thomas Craven (Gibson) whose daughter Emma (played by Bojana Novakovic) is murdered right in front of him on their porch. Only after her death does Craven learn of his daughter's dangerous line of work which placed her directly in the line of fire. Rather than grieving over his daughter's death, he decides to take justice in his owns hands and seek vengeance.

Though he's playing a man whose daughter was brutally murdered right before his very eyes, Gibson doesn't manage to draw any sympathy from the audience. The frequent flashbacks to Emma as a child still don't manage to tug any heart strings. Even though Gibson plays a tough guy cop, his detached performance is still underwhelming. Unfortunately, the rest of the actors in the film follow suit.

In a film of unimpressionable characters, and vacant plots, Edge of Darkness is forgettable, dry and at times boring.

Reel Talk rating: D


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