Edge of Darkness – Trailer

James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar may be getting all of the hype lately, but there’s one film fast approaching which is exciting me the most – Edge of Darkness.

There’s one quite obvious reason for this.  It marks the return of one Mel Gibson in his first starring role since 2002’s Signs. That’s right, when he’s not directing subtitled epics, becoming the most hypocritical Catholic in history, drinking heavily and being involved in alleged anti-Semitism (record expunged, nothing happened here, move along now), Mel Gibson acts.

edge-of-darknessHis return to the big screen as a leading man comes in this Martin Campbell-directed remake of the acclaimed 1985 BBC miniseries of the same name.  Edge of Darkness stars Gibson as Thomas Craven, a veteran cop investigating the murder of his daughter, which leads him into a murky world of conspiracy.

Even if this were not a remake, the plot hardly wins any prizes for originality.  Similar tales of vengeance and cover-ups have been told and re-told many times before, and fewer have been better than 1999’s The Limey. With Steven Soderbergh’s picture still a relatively-recent release, Edge of Darkness has big shoes to fill.  However, with Gibson in the lead role and two-time Bond franchise saviour Martin Campbell at the helm, it has the tools to fill said shoes to the brim.

The trailer suggests Gibson has channeled the raw edginess brilliantly let loose in Lethal Weapon but so poorly utilised in another revenge remake of his, 1999’s Payback, into a restrained yet simmering man on the path of justice.  It suggests it will be his best performance in years, and will remind everyone of what they were missing.

With Danny Huston and Ray Winstone in support, Jim Cameron can keep his Na’vi, I’ll take cold, hard revenge please.

Edge of Darkness

Director:  Martin Campbell

Cast:  Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic

Release Date:  January 29th, 2010

Rating:  TBC

  • JD

    I too am totally down with this one and the return of Mel. He has definitely “leathered” since we last saw him on screen. I have always been a fan of “revenge” films so I love seeing the baddies getting hit when they least expect it….and hard.

    I’m looking forward to Law Abiding Citizen…sure he goes a little above and beyond he “bad-guys” but it still looks cool. I’m kicking myself because I haven’t seen Taken yet, so I’m starting a list of “revenge” flicks that I want to check out. And thanks to Mel I have another addition to the list.

  • http://www.twitter.com/pauljchambers Paul

    Taken is fantastic, it does exactly what it says on the tin, definitely check that out.

    If you’re into revenge flicks (and come on, who isn’t??) you should also try and get to see Harry Brown, which is a Michael Caine release coming out in November. I’m unsure of how wide a release it’s getting in the states, but think of it as a harder-edged, British Gran Torino. It should be brilliant.

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    Love Taken. Great film. Its nice to see Gibson step back into the acting saddle again.

  • http://www.twitter.com/pauljchambers Paul

    Yes definitely, long may it continue!

  • http://www.twitter.com/pauljchambers Paul

    Yes definitely, long may it continue!