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Edge of Darkness

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Edge of Darkness

Martin Campbell (2009)

111min
15 Certificate
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Mel Gibson takes on the role first played so brilliantly by Bob Peck in this remake of the BBC's 1985 mini-series. He plays Thomas Craven, a detective whose adult daughter is shockingly, and inexplicably, gunned down on his doorstep. Craven's subsequent investigation sees him drawn into a terrifying political and corporate conspiracy. The series, directed by Martin Campbell, is one of the undoubted high points of British TV drama, and fans are likely to be mildly disappointed by the transposition to the big screen. Campbell may once again be behind the camera, but condensing the action from six hours to just two inevitably means that some of the plot's complexity and atmosphere is lost. Ray Winstone's turn as a government fixer is also no substitute for Joe Don Baker's memorable performance in the original. But Gibson is on good form and Campbell, as you would expect from the director of Casino Royale and GoldenEye, stages some effective set pieces.

Summary

Boston homicide detective Thomas Craven witnesses his activist daughter being brutally murdered outside his home. Believing he was the intended target, Craven sets out to find her killers, but stumbles across a huge political conspiracy reaching to the highest levels of government. Thriller based on the 1985 BBC series, starring Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic, Shawn Roberts and David Aaron Baker.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Craven Mel Gibson
Darius Jedburgh Ray Winstone
Jack Bennett Danny Huston
Emma Craven Bojana Novakovic
David Burnham Shawn Roberts
Millroy David Aaron Baker
Whitehouse Jay O Sanders
Moore Denis O'Hare
Agent 1 Frank Grillo
Sanderman Peter Hermann
Detective Darcy Jones Gbenga Akinnagbe
Chief of Police Wayne Duvall
Director Martin Campbell
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Icon Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 29 Jan 2010

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