Edge of Darkness (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Edge of Darkness (2010)



Critic Consensus: For better and for worse, Edge of Darkness offers vintage Mel Gibson, working within the familiar framework of a bloody revenge thriller.

Movie Info

Casino Royale's Martin Campbell returns to familiar territory with this adaptation of his own 1985 BBC miniseries -- a mystery starring Mel Gibson as a detective looking into his political-activist daughter's death and uncovering layers of governmental conspiracies in the process. William Monahan (The Departed) provides the screenplay for the GK Films production, co-starring Ray Winstone and Danny Huston. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Monahan, Andrew Bovell
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2010
Box Office: $43.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Mel Gibson
as Thomas Craven
Ray Winstone
as Darius Jedburgh
Danny Huston
as Jack Bennett
Bojana Novakovic
as Emma Craven
Peter Hermann
as Sanderman
Jay O Sanders
as Whitehouse
Damian Young
as Senator Jim Pine
Frank Grillo
as Agent One
Wayne Duvall
as Chief of Police
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Detective Darcy Jone...
Paul Sparks
as Northampton Police D...
Christy Scott Cashma...
as Detective Vicki Hurd
Dossy Peabody
as Annie - Bennett's As...
Gordon Peterson
as Interviewer
Peter Epstein
as Agent Two
Tom Kemp
as Paul Honeywell
Tim Sawyer
as Doctor
Molly Schreiber
as Reporter #1
Scott Winters
as Northmoor Doctor
Joe Stapleton
as State Trooper #1
Solveig Romero
as Hospital Nurse
Ali Farahnakian
as Northampton Doctor
Rick Avery
as Robinson Jr.
Bill Thorpe
as Watch Sergeant
Lisa Hughes
as News Anchor #1
Paula Ebben
as News Anchor #2
Kathy Curran
as News Reporter #2
Frank Ridley
as Automatic Weapons Co...
Nico Evers Swindell
as State Trooper #2
David Hillman Curtis
as Security Officer Nor...
Tom Duffy
as Boston Police Detect...
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Critic Reviews for Edge of Darkness

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (39)

Gibson, of course, snaps and snarls and blows out some brains with a joylessness that is thoroughly enjoyable. It's like he never left.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

A thoughtful and harrowing drama about the lengths people will go to survive - and the changes of heart that one person undergoes to help them.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
Salt Lake Tribune

Films like this are musicals for people who enjoy gunfire and Mel Gibson being shouty. They're that satisfyingly heightened version of reality no one actually gets to experience.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Adapted from the landmark BBC mini-series by original director Martin Campbell, Edge of Darkness is a polished piece of political suspense masquerading as a crime drama and pulling off both rather successfully.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

The attempt at grittiness comes off soft.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010

Monahan mistakes rambling exposition for captivating back-and-forth and Campbell doesn't help any by making the film as drab and turgidly paced as possible.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Audience Reviews for Edge of Darkness

I've seen this film before, when it was titled something else just as unmemorable. Gibson played the same character in that movie too. Why waste the time on this one?

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Mel Gibson's return as angry dad avenging his daughter's death works for the longest time, also thanks to a really interesting minor character. The bursts of violence are really sudden and gut wrenching, only Gibson's humorous face sometimes doesn't seem to fit in. While the solution still works, the epilogue is somewhat silly. Still, over decent enough revenge thriller.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Decent enough thriller, is a remake from what I understand, so would genuinely like to see the original.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

Edge of Darkness Quotes

Craven: Welcome to hell.
– Submitted by Danny S (4 years ago)
Craven: Everything's illegal in Massachusetts.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Craven: Well you had better decide whether you're hanging on the cross or banging in the nails.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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