On the edge
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.