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Edge of Darkness (2010)

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As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the murder of his activist daughter, he uncovers a corporate cover-up and government conspiracy that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

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Martin Campbell

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William Monahan (screenplay), Andrew Bovell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Craven
Ray Winstone ... 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 Gabrielle Popa ... Young Emma (as Maria Gabrielle Popa)
Paul Sparks ... Northampton Police Detective
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Storyline

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. Written by alfiehitchie

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Some secrets take us to the edge See more »


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Rated R for strong bloody violence and language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edge of Darkness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,214,384, 31 January 2010

Gross USA:

$43,313,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,126,522
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The DARPA motto mentioned by Jedburgh - "Scientia est potentia" - is Latin for "Knowledge is power". See more »

Goofs

Tom Craven says his daughter was poisoned with thallium, which he finds using a Geiger counter. While normal non-radioactive thallium causes heavy metal poisoning but not radiation sickness, there are radioactive forms of thallium which are normal byproducts of nuclear decay. The radioactive form would be more likely available from a nuclear facility than the non-radioactive form. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Craven: I'm a guy with nothin to lose!
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Connections

Remake of Edge of Darkness (1985) See more »

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Say My Name
(Oksana Grigorieva (as Grigorieva) / Mel Gibson (as Gibson))
Performed by Oksana Grigorieva
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Published by Pink Dolphin Songs (BMI)
Muse Icon Publishing, Inc. (BMI) Administered by Cherry River
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An Apt Title - Dark, Edgy
14 May 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Yes, that's a good title for this film about a good cop who throws out all the rules and lives on the "edge of darkness" after his daughter is poisoned and murdered. At that point, he "doesn't give a s--t," as he states in the film. He will do whatever it takes to find out what happened to his daughter, who killed her and who was behind it all. This reminded me of Mel Gibson's 1999 film "Payback" where he plays a rough character on a mission.

There is no wasted talk in here, especially by Gibson's character, "Det.Thomas Craven." Although a little shocked because I didn't think I'd see this veteran actor return to these kind of roles, I have to admit he's fascinating in them. The only difference - and you really see this on the fine Bu-Ray transfer - is all the wrinkles in Mel's face! He ain't a kid, anymore. Either is actor Ray Winstone, but he is equally fascinating as the mysterious "Jedburgh." This is a rough film, make no mistake. The language is very profane in the first half but surprisingly absent of that in the second half. The tenseness and the no-compromise violence, however, is there from start-to-finish. The movie doesn't overdo the amount of violence, however, keeping things cerebral enough so when something does happen, it's quick and shocking.

The villains are the stereotypical ones of Hollywood: the U.S. government, the Defense Department, a senator (a Republican, of course), and a few other of the usual suspects. However, despite that normal bias, I found the film very entertaining with plenty of twists and turns to keep your brain going, not just your base instincts. Regarding the latter, there are some gruesome scenes in here, so be warned about that. As I said, it's a rough, take-no-prisoners film.


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