Edge of Darkness


Edge of Darkness

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



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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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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 (208) | 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

    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

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
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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer


one of those movies where the trailer is better then the movie itself.

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

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