Thursday, February 4, 2010
Edge of Retirement
What comes to mind when you hear Mel Gibson’s name? (Besides being a racist religious fanatic) Violence; all his most famous and best movies are about it. Mel gets real upset and hurts some guys good. Think of the films: Mad Max’s, Lethal Weapon’s, the war trilogy= Braveheart, Patriot, We Were Soldiers. His directorial efforts as of late have also been violent Apocalypto & Passion of The Christ.
I like to think of his new film Edge of Darkness as part of the revenge trilogy with Ransom and Payback included. Those were both better movies though. Ransom had suspense and Payback had a dark humor to it. Edge is just Mel on a mission with nothing to do but have emotional breakdowns. The preview makes it seem like Mel gonna go crazy and wreak things. But it’s more of a mystery than anything like that.
This is his first acting gig since 2002’s Signs. I am glad to have Mel back in front of the camera; I think he has a cool screen presences. I read a review were they where comparing him to Clint Eastwood. I think who could keep going in that direction and make some good movies.
Is it worth seeing? How much do you like revenge pictures? I was never bored or pissed so that’s a good thing. However, it’s pretty standard; there were only a couple of memorable moments. I give it 3/5 stars.