Edge of Darkness

2010

Edge of Darkness

Critics Consensus

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

56%

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Total Count: 210

49%

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User Ratings: 542,443
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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Jones
Paul Sparks
as Northampton Police Detective
Christy Scott Cashman
as Detective Vicki Hurd
Dossy Peabody
as Annie - Bennett's Assistant
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 Cop
Nico Evers Swindell
as State Trooper #2
David Hillman Curtis
as Security Officer Northmoor
Tom Duffy
as Boston Police Detective
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Critic Reviews for Edge of Darkness

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (45)

  • The acting, with the exception of Bojana Novakovic, adds nothing to the trite plot.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

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

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • It's a Mel Gibson film. You take him as he comes, which is usually at full pelt.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have sadly sacrificed some of the original's cultural specificity and its slow-burn quality.

    Feb 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This paranoid corporate political thriller is almost certain to disappoint anyone hoping for a repeat of the brooding suspense of the original.

    Feb 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The film takes the revelations and twists at a hectic gallop, though it omits the spiritual, Gaia-is-angry mysticism of the original. It's not too bad, though it lacks the style of the recent film version of State of Play.

    Feb 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Edge of Darkness

  • Aug 15, 2017
    Edge of Darkness is a conspiracy thriller that just feels...odd. I can't really describe the feeling when I watch this film, I neither love it or hate it...I just feel really mixed. Like it just exists. Coming hot off of Casino Royale, Martin Campbell revisits the BBC series and turns it into a feature film that incorporates shadowy organisations, conspiracies and vengeance. A good conspiracy leaves you on the edge of your seat, this does not...but it's actually rather mature and intelligent. Sure, remove the improbable ending and slow beginning, and what we are left with is a very mysterious plot that I'm certain probably does happen in reality with big governmental organisations (less extreme of course, I'm looking at you Apple!). Whilst our lead character is playing the detective role and following the bread crumbs so to speak, he is also a father mourning the tragic death of his daughter which definitely brings in some much needed emotion and motive. Crazy Mel Gibson, who hadn't had a lead role since Signs, plays the Boston detective who...can hear the voice of his deceased daughter and engage in conversations with her...maybe he is crazy after all. To be fair, he was pretty decent and was able to hold my attention. Ray Winstone was strange casting and didn't really work for me, who plays a shady agent with his own motives. Danny Huston though, always a good choice although slightly underused. Martin Campbell's directing style felt like it was made for TV, nothing snazzy or spectacular...just functional. Perhaps a well intentioned choice to keep it in the roots of the TV series. Two scenes though, absolutely magnificent or what I like to call "Oh My God" moments. One involves the detective's daughter and the other a collision with a car. Literally happened out of nowhere and caught me off guard, excellent editing! But still...I feel "meh" even thinking about the film. It's finely crafted, and utterly watchable if you had nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon. I just don't think I'll ever fully appreciate it. Worth a watch.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    Good but not great. Edge of Darkness is pretty cliche and boring at times. But Mel Gibson's performance, well written dialogue and story is enough to be keep you engrossed.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2012
    The film at its core has a very strong story that would hold your interest for the duration. The problem is the slow pacing and uninteresting supporting characters. Mel Gibson breathes life into a role that could easily been rather on note. It's he's depth that keeps this movie from failing completely. Ray winstone is wasted as a tough guy who slowly grows on Gibsons character. The problem with this film is the underwritten support characters, its only Gibson who gains anything resembling a character. The writing is good for the complexity but not the characters. The revenge plot line works for the best part but like the punisher the hero moves along at a snails pace. The characters can't provide any emotion which generally fails to generate anything for the audience. Characters come and go without any connection. If you like a complex story then this will keep you interested for the most part but won't keep you coming back for more. The film lacks strength and repeat viewings. Mel Gibson is good but far from brilliant.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    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

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