Edge of Darkness
- Paul Dale
- 15 January 2010
Director Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale, The Mask of Zorro) returns to the scene of one of his early successes with this feature film adaptation of the 1985 BBC television series that helped make his name. Mel Gibson (in his first starring role since 2002’s We Were Soldiers) plays Thomas Craven, a Boston detective investigating the murder of his activist daughter. His search for the truth brings him into contact with CIA officer Matt Jedburgh and dodgy businessman Bennett (Danny Huston). As grieving father Craven grunts his way through conspiracies and cover-ups, he realises that the personal may just be about to become the apocryphal.
By relocating the action from Britain to America and removing many of the more mystical elements of Troy Kennedy Martin’s original anti-Thatcherite teleplay, Australian playwright Andrew Bovell and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan have written a taut adult revenge thriller whose relationship to the original is merely a gesture of disdain for governmental corruption.
Still, Campbell directs with his usual studied energy and Gibson is entrancing as the lumbering wounded lion in search of redemption. Only Eastwood could do better. (Paul Dale)
Out now on general release.