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the edge of darkness (2010)

the edge of darkness is an adaptation of the 1985 BBC television series of the same name. it stars Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone. it is directed by Martin Campbell who did 2006's casino royale and green latern out in 2011. ( i got confused with that and the green hornet which michel gondry is going to direct, weeiiiiird..)

the edge of darkness follows a detective (gibson) investigating the murder of his activist daughter, while uncovering political conspiracies and cover-ups along the way.

this seemingly typical vengeance film turned out to be more than i bargained for. it was not only unexpectedly thoughtful and endearing but with that it took 30-plus minutes out of my life. great story, great resolution, not so great pacing. i felt the sigh release from the audiences' sour breath knowing that the film wasnt over just yet. they tried to make a dramatic unraveling with a not so dramatic twist. it had substance, it just needed to be presented to the audience quicker before they got lost in the mist of the one-liners and action scenes. B-

1 critiques :

Anonymous at: February 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM said...

You are too considerate. C+ at best. Well adaptation towards government politics (I liked it) and conspiracies not enough "UMPH!" It's cloaked as a thriller but what it really is is a mid film bore. Little character build up and we know why. It's one big massacre. 'Oh, do you have a wife? Kids? Okay! [BANG]...." Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I guess the character details don't really mater.-Jim

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