“Edge of Darkness” Is the Cherry on top of Crapuary

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Adaptation and Politics/Religion
Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.
Release Date: January 29th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence and language.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution


Directed by: Martin Campbell

JJ Rating: A-

Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) gets a visit from his daughter Emma Craven (Bojana Novakovic). She ends up becoming sick and when he takes her to get seen by a doctor BAM she dies by a shotgun blast to the chest. Craven then spends the rest of the film searching for the truth. Edge of Darkness.

There are two actors that have crazy lives that I think are fantastic actors and they are Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson. They do have every screw loose in their personal and public lives except the final screw that’s just barely there. As they hold on to that last groove of the edge of their final screw, they continue to give good performances in entertaining films. Whether or not they are crazy out off the stage lights it matters not because they can do their job and they can do it well. It could matter if you’re offended by either one, I suppose, but it doesn’t matter to me. Do your job and what you do elsewhere really doesn’t necessarily matter. That is unless you’re Dexter and then that could be toeing the line a bit.

It is similar to Taken in that it is a revenge story dealing with a father and daughter. But this one is less relying on speed and relies more on storytelling in a political manner. It’s therefore a bit deeper in reasoning for revenge than Taken. It is not a rollercoaster ride. It’s stroll at night. Oh look at those lovely stars. Then a moment later, “Wow a shooting star.” It’s entertaining, enjoyable and smoothly done.

It had heartstrings that were pulled because of the flashbacks after Craven loses his daughter. He sees her when she’s small. The bright eyed child looking at her father with so much pride and wonder was hard. Great work on the flashbacks and how they were handled and great acting by Mel Gibson showing his heart breaking with each memory that danced before him. Danny Huston plays Jack Bennett the boss of Emma Craven. He did a good job with assuredness of right and when he is caught red-handed his trembling fear brings out the justification for Craven’s actions against him. I really like the climax and the end of this film. I play it in my mind each time I remember, which keeps me agreeing with myself.

I like the title a lot. Edge of Darkness has that poetic feel to it. It feels like it has more meaning than the obvious. Though as far as I can tell via the film itself there’s not much to the title other than the obvious. The title still rules none-the-less.

There are moments in Edge of Darkness that’ll catch you off your guard. You might (as I did) see what is coming next, but the shock of it happening might make you jump more than you would have wanted. That was part of the entertaining factor. Movie endings make you feel as if you wasted your time, wow that was fantastic or somewhere in-between. Edge of Darkness’s ending is amazingly well done. Totally unexpected in how well it was. I was looking for good but it gave me great. It made the story better, as it should just like a cherry on top. It’s a fast paced climax morphing into a slow meaningful ending.

Edge of Darkness was a well put together film. The problem might be the lull moments, but I don’t think there was too much that would anchor the film to a stand still. It moved at a well mannered pace with purpose. It dove at the climax having some hold their breath as one thing after another happened. Then it came to a slow stop to tie things together. The ending is a calm one. I cannot state that it is a happy ending and I cannot state that it’s a sad ending. I can state that the ending is clam and right for the entire film.

I would see Edge of Darkness again. It has that ability to draw one in and then by the time you realize you’re hooked the film is already starting to wind down, but it’s not quick it’s just engaging. I was just pulling for Gibson the entire time. Sad that it didn’t have enough pull to beat Avatar even though it had more meat to its story than Avatar. There’s always next weekend. Edge of Darkness is a good film to close out Crapuary.

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