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Edge Of Darkness Blu-Ray

Mel Gibson returns to acting after 8 years in a new action thriller “Edge Of Darkness”, which is based on a British mini-series from the 80s.  Directed by Martin Campbell, who directed the original mini-series and also the James Bond remake, “Casino Royale”. Gibson plays a Boston cop and single father of a daughter who works at a mysterious research facility.  When she comes home for a visit, she’s sick from unknown reasons and as he takes her to the Dr., she is shot and dies as they are walking out the door of their house.  At first, the police investigation centers on Gibson and who might want to harm him but after talking to some of his daughter’s friends it becomes clear to him that she was the one gunned down.  The rest of the film is all about Gibson finding out who and why his daughter was killed. Gibson is haunted by earlier images of his daughter throughout the film, which brings a supernatural element to the plot.

Gibson is remarkably reserved in the film.  No manical “Lethal Weapon” style behavior but underneath the calm, you can tell that his character will not stop until he finds his daughter’s killers.  Ray Winstone is great as a CIA assassin, who has his own agenda, although his accent is so thick at times, he’s hard to understand.  He brings an entire new level of suspense to the film.  Danny Huston is the corporate head of the organization that does R and D for the government, and Bojana Novakovic plays Gibson’s grown up daughter.

You may be expecting an action thriller from this film (just look at the cover) but I would classify this more as a suspense drama.  There are some action bits for sure but, as Gibson explains in the extras footage, just about every action scene imaginable has already been done on film so they kept the action in this film to real basic stuff. I will say the action in the film is realistic and not to unbelievable until maybe the ending.

Extras include a series of featurettes about the film, its director, the city of Boston as a character and Gibson’s return to film, plus additional and alternate scenes, plus Warner BD-Live.

Gibson is back and this is a good film for a comeback.  Hopefully Gibson will act more now that he has gotten his feet wet (and his sh*t together)  and we can expect many more fine performances from him.

May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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