EDGE OF DARKNESS is Mel Gibson’s first movie as an actor in several years, and it’s a good part for him: a world-weary Boston police detective who is trying to solve the murder of his grown daughter, who was gunned while she was visiting him by someone with an apparent grudge against Gibson’s character.
The big plot twist here is so obvious that the filmmakers wisely don’t try to keep it a secret for very long. Unfortunately, the whole movie is equally as predictable. You’ll know just about everything that’s going to happen well before it does, except for the parts that don’t really make sense. Plotwise, EDGE OF DARKNESS winds up really muddled.
Which is a shame, because otherwise it’s a well-made film. The action scenes are effective, Gibson does a good job as the vengeful, mourning cop, and Danny Huston, as always, is the smarmiest villain in the movies these days. EDGE OF DARKNESS isn’t a terrible film, it’s just not a very good one.