Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Edge of Darkness (2009) - FILM

It feels like there's an exciting and engrossing film trying to escape EDGE OF DARKNESS.

It never makes it.

Mel Gibson stars as Kraven, a boston detective who's on a mission to find out why his daughter was murdered. The trailers promise an all out man-on-a-mission beat-em-up in the vein of Taken, and we do get a bit of that, but its mostly composed of a wrinkly Gibson staring teary-eyed at the setting sun. The so-called 'mystery' is a one dimensional bore. The few times Director Martin Cambell lets loose in the action department, the results are crisp, suspensful and EXTREMELY violent. The problem is that the action is not properly placed in the narrative framework; the movie doesn't flow. The action scenes that are present flit by in tiny instants wedged between long TV quality scenes of people sitting and talking slowly to each other. Gibson does his best to act through a strange Boston accent. Ray Winstone shows up as a gravelly-vocied bad-ass mofo that...frustratingly...doesn't do anything of note until the last five minutes. Huh?

Forgettable. Watch it if it's playing late night on television. The film version is actually a remake of a six part BBC mini-series Martin Cambell directed in 80's. I don't understand why he felt the need to re-adapt it.

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