Edge of Darkness – Metaphor for a good action in dark contemporary times

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What does a man who has nothing to lose do when his daughter gets shot right outside his own house after a calm dinner between the two? He wants revenge. He wants information.

At the beginning of the movie, the veteran homicide detective Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is feeling the guilt and desperation a parents would feel when he witnessed his only daughter Emma’s (Bojana Novakovic) death at the threshold of his house. First, he thinks the reason for her murder is he and blaming himself he begins to wonder, to seek another exit. Then he starts searching for the reasons for her murder, why did it happen and who wished for it. His own private investigation leads him to the discovery that he was nowhere near the truth behind her death – it was not an accident, but a premeditated murder.

The unfortunate father, of course, isn’t alone all the way to success. He finds an ally in the face of a government operative who was originally sent to take care of the situation and clean the mess. Yes it is that big.

So why was the young woman murdered like this? What has she done or understood to deserve such a fate? Against who was she? These are all questions with simple answers, which you will discover together with the main character. What matters is that behind her death is a massive organization, a huge web of connections and a very big danger for society. Her discoveries were going to be lethal for a community of people and politics, who were never going to let her go unharmed.

With the progress of the movie we get to really understand the true capabilities of a man with nothing to lose. Although after the trailer you might get the impression that this action movie will be filled with fight and shooting scenes, they are not that many at all. The story-line is well preserved, even though there are several moments where you may ask yourself “what?”.

For what it’s worth, the return of Mel Gibson will receive a well-deserved Bravo from me, because he really did his best in the movie and looked well-placed.

The director, Martin Campbell (James Bond: Casino Royale and GoldenEye; The Mask of Zorro; ) has really well preserved the idea of the original mini-series “Edge of darkness” , adding a bit of his special “je ne sais quoi”. This movie really is an old-fashioned, classical action set in modern times. As such, it is worth to be applauded.

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