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EDGE OF DARKNESS
Lest you be fooled by the trailer, Edge of Darkness is not an action thriller; it’s a drama thriller, with sporadic moments of action. Those moments also happen to be by far the best thing about it. The rest, meanwhile, doesn’t make much of an impression, leaving us with a collective total of 5-10 great minutes in an otherwise fairly middling 2 hours. Would the film have fared better had it delivered straight-up action all the way through? I doubt it. The action works as well as it does because of the way it punctuates the drama, with superbly orchestrated bursts of violence forcefully grabbing you by the throat during times of quiet dread. The problem with the movie is that its story is stuck in the ’80s, back when the original British TV serial first aired. 25 years later, the conspiracy at the core of Edge of Darkness is as arid and familiar as the political subtext that comes with it. The closer I came to the mystery being unraveled, the less I cared what the truth was. It’s lucky then, that the film has Mel Gibson’s brooding intensity to keep the proceedings engaging. I may not have had any interest in what sort of dastardly deeds Craven’s daughter had uncovered, but I was eager to see what Craven was going to do about it. The payoff did not disappoint.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Additional scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 9 Focus Point video pods (“Scoring the Film”, “Revisiting the Edge of Darkness Mini-series”, “Edge of Your Seat”, “Making a Ghost Character Real”, “Adapting the Edge of Darkness Mini-series”, “Director Profile Martin Campbell”, “Boston as a Character”, “Mel’s Back”, “Craven’s War of Attrition”), a digital copy of the film, and a copy of the DVD.

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edgeofdarknessposterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the art of the new Wall Street teaser, reflect on the business of indie cinema, and offer some of their favorite films and disappointments from Sundance 2010. Special guest Steve Weintraub (AKA Frosty) from Collider joins us this evening.

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where the wild things are posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise The Inside Man, wonder why America can’t handle miniseries, celebrate the joys of Glee, and explain the similarities between Where the Wild Things Are and Children of Men. Special guest Stephen Tobolowsky joins us for this episode. You can currently see Stephen on Glee, which airs on FOX, Wednesdays at 9 PM EST.

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Edge of Darkness Movie Trailer and Poster

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Warner Bros. has released the trailer for Edge of Darkness, featuring Mel Gibson‘s first starring role since 2002. Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) directs the movie, which is a remake of the very highly regarded UK mini-series from 1985 that Campbell also directed. Sadly, the trailer mostly looks like a routine potboiler, but it has a few moments that shine through. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Mel Gibson On The Edge of Darkness in New Pic

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I’ve been picking up a vague idea that – and you know, tell me if you’ve sensed it too – that Empire are trying really hard at the moment. Be sure and stop by their site to at least give them something back in return, eh?

Their latest scoop is an image from Edge of Darkness. Directed by Martin Campbell, who pretty much single handedly rescued the Bond franchise not once but twice, the film stars Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone and Danny Huston. In their image, Mel Gibson is seen with Bojana Novakovic, with him coming across as quizzical and concerned and her coming across as… well… dead.

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