Edge of Darkness

January 29th, 2010

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Edge of Darkness

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As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.6/10 (42,620 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Martin Campbell

Stars: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston

Thomas Craven is a detective who has spent years working the streets of Boston. When his own daughter is killed outside his own home, Craven soon realizes that her death is only one piece of an intriguing puzzle filled with corruption and conspiracy, and it falls to him to discover who is behind the crime.

Writers: William Monahan, Andrew Bovell

Mel Gibson - Thomas Craven
Ray Winstone - Darius Jedburgh
Danny Huston - Jack Bennett
Bojana Novakovic - Emma Craven
Shawn Roberts - Burnham
David Aaron Baker - Millroy
Jay O. Sanders - Whitehouse
Denis O'Hare - Moore
Damian Young - Senator Jim Pine
Caterina Scorsone - Melissa
Frank Grillo - Agent One
Wayne Duvall - Chief of Police
Gbenga Akinnagbe - Detective Darcy Jones
Gabrielle Popa - Young Emma (as Maria Gabrielle Popa)
Paul Sparks - Northampton Police Detective

Taglines: Few escape justice. None escape vengeance.


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 29 January 2010

Filming Locations: 68 Bradfield Ave, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,214,384 (USA) (31 January 2010) (3066 Screens)

Gross: $81,124,129 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the original television series, Edge of Darkness, Craven was English and played by an English actor, and Jedburgh was American played by an American actor. In the film Craven was American and played by an American-born actor and Jedburgh is English and played by an English actor.

Continuity: When Craven stops Bennett's Bentley, gets into the back, and points the gun at Bennett, the door behind Bennett is closed. In a close-up, it's open.

Darius Jedburgh: Now, you know better than anyone, cases like these are never solved. They're simply too complicated, too much hard work. There's a lot going on out there in this world. And you just never can connect A to B.
Thomas Craven: How do you know that?
Darius Jedburgh: Because I'm usually the guy that stops you connecting A to B. It's part of what I do.

User Review

This is NOT Taken -- The trailer is misleading

Rating: 8/10

This one surprised me, because I had seen very little advertising or hype for this movie. My friend and I watched the trailer and I thought, "Eh, kinda looks like another 'Taken' or 'Death Sentence.' I'm so glad I was wrong.

This is not another "father goes on rampage to kill the guy that kidnapped/murdered his child." It's actually a very involved thriller that has a fair few twists and turns around a conspiracy Gibson's daughter was involved in. Gibson actually does not go all gung-ho like Neeson did; rather, he was very careful in his investigations. His performance was brilliant, as was Ray Winstone's, though I found myself wishing he had a bit more screen time.

The pacing is pretty quick in some places, so it keeps you interested. Sometimes the plot may be a little convoluted, but it makes sense if one pays enough attention.

Also, I should note that there isn't nearly as much action as the trailer makes it seem. There is FAR more drama, though it's still plenty tense.

First movie of 2010 I've seen, and it's off to a great start. "Edge of Darkness" is well worth it, and certainly not the movie its advertising makes it out to be. Go see it, you won't regret it.

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