Edge Of Darkness - Blu-ray Review

'an overly sentimental and decidedly under-developed mess'

With Casino Royale's Martin Campbell at the helm and sweary-Mel in the lead, there's no way on earth that Edge Of Darkness should have been anything other than solid Friday night thriller material, there to excite your weekend-ready brain at the end of a testing work schedule.

Unfortunately, through some absolutely crazy directorial miss-steps from the man who rescued the Bond franchise not once but twice, it ends up being an overly sentimental and decidedly under-developed mess, where the few joys come from the interaction between Mel's gravelly-voiced policeman and Ray Winstone's under-developed Jedburgh. Both actor's have screen presence to burn and although the prospect of seeing Mel opposite DeNiro, whom Winstone was a late replacement for, makes the mouth water even more, the Englishman is a fine substitute.

Part of Edge Of Darkness' problem though, is that it doesn't seem to realise that these two titans of on-screen shouting are its biggest asset, cooking up instead a script based on Campbell's BBC show of the same name which separates the two of them for far too long. Jedburgh too is woefully under-developed and his on-screen moralising represents little return for what we suspect are weightier decisions made out of view of the audience.

Strangely too, the raw Mel we saw in Payback - a highly entertaining 'Friday night film' if ever there was one - is replaced by a moping Mel, struggling to cope with the death of his daughter. Whilst his sorrow is more than understandable, the way Campbell wallows in it isn't, providing us with a spectre-like visage of the now deceased Craven Junior and a final shot which screams 'ill-judged' like not much else before it.

Look further...

'could have benefited from being a bit more exciting and a little less brooding' - Cinema Du Meep, 2.5/4


  1. I thought this was alright. Mel Gibson, for all his insanity, has a screen presence that I enjoy a lot, which helped carry me through the movie (which isn't the most exciting thing he or Campbell have made).

    It's funny, but although I'm pretty good at understanding characters with thick accents, I swear that there were moments when I had no clue what Ray Winstone was saying.

  2. Interesting point about Winstone who, you're right, is even more growly in this than a lot of his other work. If I ever go back to it again I'll look out for that.