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Edge of Darkness also known as “Al filo de la oscuridad,” “Al límite,” “Hors de contrôle,” “O Fim da Escuridão,” “Pimeyden ytimessä”

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence and language.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger

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1 hr. 48 min.
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January 29, 2010 (wide—3,000+ theaters)
DVD: May 11, 2010
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Featuring: Mel Gibson (Thomas Craven), Danny Huston (Bennett), Ray Winstone (Darius Jedburgh), Caterina Scorsone (Melissa Conway), Shawn Roberts (Burnham), Peter Hermann, Denis O'Hare (Moore), Bojana Novakovic (Emma Craven), Jay O. Sanders (Whitehouse), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Det. Darcy Jones), Frank Grillo (The agent one), Wayne Duvall (Chief of Police), more »
Director: Martin Campbell
Producer: Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, BBC Films, Icon Productions, Tim Headington, Graham King, James Laurenson, Gail Lyon, Lucienne Papon, Danton Rissner, David M. Thompson, E. Bennett Walsh, Suzanne Warren, Michael Wearing
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

“Some secrets take us to the edge”

“Edge of Darkness” marks the return of Mel Gibson after a nearly eight-year hiatus from acting on the big screen. While his last movie “Signs” had him battling off aliens, Gibson is now a Boston cop named Craven who’s a devoted, single father to his only child Emma.

After picking his daughter up from the train station, Craven is happy for the visit, but grows concerned as Emma becomes violently ill. Though he tries to question her, she remains purposely elusive. After leaving the house together, Emma is brutally shot down in front of her father. Although her murder case is given to one of his colleagues, the grieving father takes it upon himself to investigate his daughter’s murder. His investigation eventually leads him into secretive corporations and massive conspiracies.

The movie lies squarely on the shoulders of Mel Gibson, as its lead actor. While Gibson’s been off screen for several years, he carries the movie well, helping to remind the audience the reason for his successful movie career. He brings believable emotion to the well-written character. While some movies will make the dad all macho, pumped full of revenge and testosterone, Craven actually uses his head and never forgets his detective skills. In one scene, Craven realizes he’s being followed, so he casually parks his car at a rest stop with the men following closely behind. As he enters the restroom, I imagined he would wait for them and simultaneously fight them off. Instead, he wisely runs inside, breaks a window, and makes his escape.

“Edge of Darkness” is based on the 1985 miniseries of the same name. While the movie undoubtedly takes out the bulk of its originating storyline, it does decently well on its own, especially considering both had the same talented director Martin Campbell. Some of the dialogue is confusing, but the discussed action would subsequently occur, keeping the audience in tow. The only potential drawback would be Craven’s numerous post-mortem conversations with his deceased daughter. One might wonder if he was truly hallucinating or simply finding a way to lessen the pain.

Objectionable Content

The cursing and profanity is quite heavy, with over 50 uses. The “f” word is used over 25 times, especially in the latter half of the film. The violence also increases as the film progresses. Several people get shot in bloody scenes; some guts are shown and people bleeding to death. As in any action movie, there’s also plenty of fistfights. “Edge of Darkness” began as a mild ‘R’ movie, but, by the film’s end, it became completely deserving of its adult rating.

The movie shows the corruption of large corporations and their sometimes conveniently close ties with high-ranking politicians. While one might see their wrongdoing and wish to stop it, it can certainly be intimidating when it comes to just one person versus an entire group of powerful people who’ll stop at nothing to permanently silence any loose ends.

This is a situation Christians often find themselves in when attempting to spread the gospel of Christ. The potential ridicule or negative reactions make some not want to share the truth of our only hope. We must remember that Christ is always with us, and that his death and resurrection is the only source of hope and good news. Paul wrote in Romans 1:16:

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”

I do not personally recommend “Edge of Darkness.” While I enjoyed the performances, especially that of Ray Winstone, the movie’s last third becomes a rather messy bloodbath where no one emerges the winner.

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: None

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Positive—Obviously, any Hollywood 'R'-rated movie that does not earn it’s rating because of sex will have lots of violence and language, and this movie certainly does, so be warned. I found the movie to be very engrossing, even riveting, with occasional splashes of humor. This is a somewhat depressing movie, with a bittersweet ending.

***POTENTIAL PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD: BE WARNED!*** There are some ludicrous and blatantly idiot-liberal plot features. The evil Republican senator conspires with the evil nuclear corporation and national security officials to make nuclear weapons that, if exploded, would look like “dirty Jihad” bombs, thus giving those evil conservatives an excuse to wage war.

All in all, if one is willing to deal with a violent, language-filled movie, and overlook the typical Hollywood paranoia, and don’t insist on a textbook happy ending, you will probably enjoy this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Jeremy Klein, M.D., age 54 (USA)
Positive—…Mel Gibson will not disappoint movie goers as he portrays a POLICE DETECTIVE (as opposed to a Boston cop). Huge odds are against him but this grieving father keeps his wits about him to outsmart both the killers of his daughter plus the criminals threatening national security; a highly entertaining story entwining both. If it wasn’t, why would they have remade this movie?

The language may be offensive to some but this is reality when it comes to investigating homicides, especially when the criminals you are dealing with have no value for human life.

Without adding a spoiler, there is a winner at the end of this story, the security of the country. May I suggest that Thaisha Geiger reconsiders her recommendation and allow the readers to understand that with any police story of this nature there will be a lot of violence.

As a Christian, I would also suggest that comments about Gibson’s personal life are out of line if forgiveness is our ultimate message; he apologized August 1, 2006 for what Thaisha feels is worth reminding us of.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Terry, age 54 (USA)

Response—I’ve considered carefully what you wrote in your comment. We both commented positively on Gibson’s acting and how well written his character is in the film. The comment on his personal life was not intended as a negative reminder. Its purpose was that while his previous events might have made the general public skeptical of any of his future projects, “Edge of Darkness” serves as a refreshing reminder of his acting talent. However, I can see how it could be potentially misleading, so I requested its removal.

Yes, most police movies do contain a lot of violence and heavy cursing to represent reality. Since the amounts can vary greatly in films, they are important to note. We all have different offense levels, so what might not offend you, might highly offend others. Christian reviewers should list all the objectionable content to help viewers make informed decisions on whether certain films are worth viewing. Paul often wrote of helping others not to stumble even when what they personally believed is not offensive to you. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he wrote: “Do not cause anyone to stumble… for I am not seeking my own good, but the good of many….”
—Thaisha Geiger, reviewer

Positive—love the movie. I never got bored. Mel never lets me down in his movies. My wife and I both really like it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Tony Andrews, age 46 (Canada)
Positive—This movie deserves its “R” rating, it does have cuss words as indicated before. Yet, it does prove something in the end. Cover up no matter how high is just that, unless some one like a grieving father takes action. In the end, all those involved it the most murderous cover up are dead, and the evil stopped! What more do you want out of a movie.

Mel Gibson sick and dying like his daughter, hangs on just long enough to end it all. How many more would have suffered if Mel Gibson had just quit. Too many Christian have just quit over the last 50 years, or we would not be hearing all those cuss words. Blame it on society but if your near 50, did you take a stand and get others to help and stop it. We let it happen.

Sorry back to the movie, Gibson’s character had a loving relationship with his daughter since birth, as flash backs show, and even at her age in this movie, she loved and looked to her dad for help. He had nothing to lose, in this world, nor do we as Christians, so fighting for our children even losing all even our lives, as he did, is Moral—Do I need to remind you that our fight is against spiritual forces of evil—above and, here on Earth, those forces direct people on this world to evil.

I would do anything to save my daughter from this world or stop those who will murder and cover up again. The movie is great, if you have a child, especially a daughter, fathers, you know the love our Father give us, as Earthly fathers, for our daughters. Like the movie PK soon to come out, you can always come home, a father’s love for a daughter is special in “Edge of Darkness” or P. K. This movie shows that love—LOVE ? I think the BIBLE says LOVE is NEAR the top in importance. I loved the movie, the suspense, intrigue, so many involved, it took concentration to figure the plot out.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—DHOBBS, age 54 (USA)
Neutral—This movie was ok. The plot was good, script and acting good. Mel shows that he still has some kickin' butt to do. However, I didn’t like all the “f” words. I think the commentator Terry was way off based. No offense, sir, but reviews/comments about movies are all opinion. If someone disagrees with you, doesn’t mean they’re wrong. I thought the review was pretty accurate. Anyway, like I said, the movie was good, but I recommend passing this one up and renting 2009’s “Taken.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Tara, age 31 (USA)
Negative—I will never again go see a movie without checking your rating first. It had been so long since I had seen Mel’s great acting that when this movie came out on my birthday that is what I chose to see. I was horrified! The TV commercials and sneak peek on a talk show did not lead me to believe the movie would be this horrific. Granted the story line fit the horror, but it was not introduced properly. I believe that my patterns of behavior are much more conservative than my classification of “Follower of Jesus Christ” would lead you to believe, but please read the reviews before you see this movie and especially before you let a child watch this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Theresa, age 43 (USA)
Comments from young people
Neutral—Mel Gibson who is know for “Braveheart,” may be offensive to some Christians because of what he is doing now. The movie has a lot of language, like almost ever movie in the world today does. I wouldn’t spend your money on this, If you want a good movie of Mel Gibson’s. Go get “The Passion of the Christ.” Our you can get the movie edited, when it comes out.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Joshua Sites, age 16 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—I have not viewed this movie and have no plans to do so! After reading the reviews here on this Web site, and other Web sites, I am disgusted that anyone who calls themselves a Christian would find this entertaining. The word of God says that we should be set apart. How can we be set apart while watching this movie that contains such foul language and violence. I guess we have forgotten to abstain from the very apperance of evil.

It saddens me that Mel Gibson actually directed a great movie about our Lord Jesus and then less than ten years later, stars in such a wordly movie like this. I am also grieved by the fact that so many people make positive comments on this Web site about other very offensive movies. God help us!!!…
—Tina, age 36 (USA)