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Not a whole lot to say, good or bad, about EDGE OF DARKNESS (2010). It's a competently produced thriller starring the durable and always reliable Mel Gibson. I like Gibson and he's perfectly fine herein as Thomas Craven, a Boston police detective whose daughter is gunned down by a masked assailant at the beginning of the film. Everyone thinks Craven was the target but as his investigation digs deeper, Craven finds out that his daughter was indeed the killer's assigned victim.
Turns out his daughter and several other murder victims were all about to blow the whistle on Northmoor, a research and development company that is secretly up to no good. And they have a U.S. Senator in their pocket to protect them.
But Craven, seeking the truth and revenge for his daughter's murder, will not be stopped in his pursuit of his own brand of justice.
EDGE OF DARKNESS is the film version of the 1985 BBC TV series of the same name (which I haven't seen) and both the series and the film were directed by Martin Campbell. Campbell has done good and bad genre work in his career. He's responsible for two James Bond films, GOLDENEYE (1995) and CASINO ROYALE (2006), two Zorro films, THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998) and THE LEGEND OF ZORRO (2005) and the DC Comics bomb GREEN LANTERN (2011). From a purely financial standpoint, EDGE OF DARKNESS must also be considered a bomb. The film cost $80 million to produce and earned only $81 million at the box-office.
Gibson and the supporting cast are fine as is the screenplay by William Monahan and Andrew Bovell. EDGE is not an adrenaline fueled action film. It's a slow burn conspiracy thriller that takes it's time to develop the plot and the players. There are some decent action scenes but few (if any) genuine thrills and little suspense. It's a decent little movie but it won't blow you away.
My biggest complaint with this film (and other modern movies) is the sound. There are several scenes between Gibson and Ray Winstone in which they both speak so softly (and Winstone with a British accent), that I literally could not understand what was being said. I had to jack the volume up tremendously only to crank it down as fast as possible when gunfire exploded and car chases screehed in my den.
I don't know if this a factor of the sound mix on the film itself, the format that I'm watching it on (Blu-Ray), my equipment (not that old but I don't have any additional speakers other than what's on my television) or am I just getting hard of hearing?
Which, I admit, is entirely possible.
I submit the problem lies in this film as I had no problem hearing anything while watching LONE WOLF MCQUADE (made in 1983) on Blu-Ray on the same machine the previous day. It's extremely frustrating to have to keep dialing the volume up and down between scenes that are barely audible and scenes that make my dog want to run and hide from the sonic assault.