Mel Gibson hasn't stood in front of a camera (not counting THE go-to mug shot of 2006) since 02's Signs and We Were Soldiers. And those were both terrific films. Signs was the better of the two, Mel's finest performance in my opinion, (which I consider close to fact) and the reason that M. Night is as good as he should be. But I'm not talking about M. Night or the fact that studios keep greenlighting his movies for whatever incomprehensible reasoning. I'll get to him next time about his upcoming and (hopefully return to form adding something new as well) film, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The Edge of Darkness is based off the British TV show of the 80's and directed by the awesome Martin Campbell. Who also lensed the TV show as well. The man responsible for saving the Bond franchise not once, but twice (Goldeneye and Casino Royale, hold the cheese). Although my friend I'm slowly grooming as a film-buff disagrees with me, this film has got a lot to offer someone. But it isn't what you think you're going to get out of it once you've seen the trailer. Take a look.
They make it look pretty slam-bang-'em-up don't they? And do a good job as well. But I got more out of this then most didn't. Like No Country For Old Men, the film is hidden with all sorts of gems for the movie watcher with... patience! Doing it right, you can slow a movie down to get out all the nasty details. Make the juicy properly drawn out scenes and conversations elevate the film to more than just a mindless actioner make all the difference (Mr. Bay, are we listening?). And that's what the movie's about, the parts that do boost your adrenaline are sweeter to taste because of the suspense we get from his tortured journey to the truth. And here in comes, dah dah dah, the talented and (hopefully not) underrated Ray Winstone. Who makes the film so much better just by dropping his lovely accent in for a visit every now and then.
Seeing the two of them go back and forth make it all worth while in the end. Even if ol' Bobby De Niro was supposed to be in Ray's shoes and left over "creative differences". Woulda been sweet to see that film. But maybe it wouldn't have been the same kind of thing. Winstone was ideally placed and rightfully so I might add. I have no problem with this film and recommend it to anyone out there looking to get back into the driver's seat with Gibson.
I'll leave you with a smile hopefully. I mentioned M. Night, Michael Bay, and Gibson of course. So let's see them in cartoon form shall we?