On the edge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds -

A SLIGHTLY world­worn Mel Gib­son re­turns to the screen af­ter seven event­ful years off-cam­era to find him­self up to his ears in a dan­ger­ous con­spir­acy in a new ac­tion film from Casino Royale di­rec­tor Martin Camp­bell. It is based on the highly suc­cess­ful BBC1 se­ries of a few years back and the lo­ca­tion now is Bos­ton, where Gib­son plays Thomas Craven a vet­eran homi­cide de­tec­tive whose de­light at the visit home by his some­what es­tranged daugh­ter Emma (Bo­jana No­vakovic) turns to horror when she is blasted to death by a hooded gun­man on his doorstep. It hap­pens min­utes af­ter Craven sees Emma be­ing ill and, fear­ing she may be tak­ing drugs, per­suades her to visit a doc­tor. They get no fur­ther than the front door when the gun­man strikes how- ever. Nat­u­rally, Craven sus­pects that he was the real tar­get, but it be­comes clear that Emma was in­volved in some­thing very dan­ger­ous, and her fa­ther sus­pects that it was some­thing to do with her work at a Mas­sachusetts nu­clear in­stal­la­tion which has links to the govern­ment. When he en­coun­ters the sleek boss of this cor­po­ra­tion (Danny Hus­ton) and an eva­sive sen­a­tor with some­thing to hide, Craven is plunged into a mire of cor­rup­tion that in­volves the murder of Emma’s young eco war­rior friends, covert op­er­a­tives in­clud­ing hit­man Dar­ius Jed­burgh (Ray Win­stone) who ties up loose ends for the CIA, and power bro­kers try­ing to keep a dirty lit­tle se­cret quiet by any means at their dis­posal. The ac­tion scenes are as ex­plo­sive as you’d ex­pect from di­rec­tor Camp­bell but it’s the snaking, twist­ing plot that de­mands your at­ten­tion.

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