Edge of Darkness
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Casino Royale's Martin Campbell returns to familiar territory with this adaptation of his own 1985 BBC miniseries -- a mystery starring Mel Gibson as a detective looking into his political-activist daughter's death and uncovering layers of governmental conspiracies in the process. William Monahan (The Departed) provides the screenplay for the GK Films production, co-starring Ray Winstone and Danny Huston. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Gibson, of course, snaps and snarls and blows out some brains with a joylessness that is thoroughly enjoyable. It's like he never left."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Edge of Darkness is a meathead revenge picture, but it's very satisfying."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A thoughtful and harrowing drama about the lengths people will go to survive - and the changes of heart that one person undergoes to help them."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The attempt at grittiness comes off soft."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Sadly the movie is a ponderous, unnuanced, run-of-the-cyclotron thriller."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have sadly sacrificed some of the original's cultural specificity and its slow-burn quality."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Campbell and his cinematographer, Phil Meheux, create a pervasive sense of dread, with danger lurking around every corner of Boston and its environs."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Films like this are musicals for people who enjoy gunfire and Mel Gibson being shouty. They're that satisfyingly heightened version of reality no one actually gets to experience."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Monahan mistakes rambling exposition for captivating back-and-forth and Campbell doesn't help any by making the film as drab and turgidly paced as possible."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Mel Gibson returns with one of his finest performances in the gripping yet patchy thriller, Edge of Darkness."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"I liked the pace and the pulse of the film, but it launches no genuine surprise and, despite being irradiated with scenes of sickness and morbid one-liners, has little afterglow."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Edge of Darkness is reasonably well executed, but its competence reeks of fatigue. Another dead kid. Another angry dad. Another day at the office."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Adapted from the landmark BBC mini-series by original director Martin Campbell, Edge of Darkness is a polished piece of political suspense masquerading as a crime drama and pulling off both rather successfully."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Martin Campbell returns to the once edgy and jagged ground of his excellent BBC miniseries Edge of Darkness with a much slicker spin that sheds much of what made the first go around so good."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Gibson brings his full tormented game: whatever's wrong with the movie, it isn't him."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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