Chris Nashawaty
May 05, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Edge of Darkness

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
112 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/29/10
performer
Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Caterina Scorsone
director
Martin Campbell
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Andrew Bovell, William Monahan
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

In front of the camera for the first time in seven years, Mel Gibson knew exactly what his fans were itching for in the payback thriller Edge of Darkness: Mad Mel in vengeance mode. Gibson delivers that and more as a hotheaded Boston police detective whose scientist daughter is gunned down by a hooded killer on his doorstep. Was the bullet intended for him, or did Daddy’s little girl have a secret? Take a wild guess. The plot twists are predictable, but Gibson’s the king of the haunted, thousand-yard stare, especially when it’s accompanied by a knuckle sandwich. His Cockney costar, Ray Winstone, is aces too, as a shadowy government fixer of indeterminate allegiance. The lone EXTRAS are a few unremarkable deleted scenes. B+

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