- Cast: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic, Shawn Roberts, David Aaron Baker, Jay O. Sanders, Denis O'Hare, Damian Young, Caterina Scorsone, Frank Grillo, Wayne Duvall, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Gabrielle Popa, Paul Sparks, Christy Scott Cashman, Dossy Peabody, Gordon Peterson, Peter Epstein, Tom Kemp, Timothy Sawyer, Molly Schreiber, Amelia Broome, Celeste Oliva, Scott Winters
- Director: Martin Campbell
- Writers: William Monahan, Andrew Bovell, Troy Kennedy Martin
- Producers: Tim Headington, Graham King, Michael Wearing
- Associate Producer: Lucienne Papon
- Executive Producers: James Laurenson, Gail Lyon, Danton Rissner, David M. Thompson, E. Bennett Walsh, Suzanne Warren
- Art Direction: Greg Berry
- Castings: Pam Dixon, Carolyn Pickman
- Costume Design: Lindy Hemming
- D.O.P.: Phil Meheux
- Editor: Stuart Baird
- Makeup: Felicity Bowring
- Music: Howard Shore
- Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders
- Set Decoration: Jay Hart
"Edge of Darkness" is an emotionally charged thriller set at the intersection of politics and big business. Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, twenty-four year-old Emma (Bojana Novakovic), is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. But he soon suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter's secret life and her killing. His investigation leads him into a dangerous, looking glass world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder – and to shadowy government operative Darius Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), who has been sent in to clean up the evidence. Craven's solitary search for answers about his daughter's death transforms into an odyssey of emotional discovery and redemption.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Massachusetts, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence and language
- Production Budget: $60 million
- Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, BBC Films, Icon Productions
- Production Schedule: 18 August 2008 - December 2008
Robert De Niro had originally been cast in Ray Winstone's role but dropped out due to 'creative differences' after spending a few days on the set.
The first time Mel Gibson has played the lead role in a film since 2002's "Signs".
John Corigliano was the first composer on the project and wrote a full complete score to the original cut of the film. When the film underwent re-shoots and the tone was changed to a more action driven film, Howard Shore was brought onboard.
2010 Guide Analysis: Though several award-winning British mini-series have been turned into bland Hollywood film adaptations ("The Singing Detective," "State of Play"), this one could be different in that original writer/director Martin Campbell is returning to the material over twenty years on and with several great films like "Casino Royale," "The Mask of Zorro" and "Goldeneye" under his belt.
The big question here is how will this be translated? 'Edge' was very much a product of 1985 with its critical examination of Thatcherism, corruption and nuclear proliferation. Yet it also threw in some left field Gaia theology talk of Mother Nature as a living organism who would terminate threats to her own survival. The first trailer for the film in October gave us our first clue, representing the film more as a "Taken" style action revenge movie, keeping the main storyline of the grieving father trying to learn the truth and not bothering with any of the environmental or political subtext.
Like "State of Play" it also appears as though the antagonists have been changed from Government and energy companies colluding to corrupt Haliburton-esque private military contractors. The result will likely follow the quality trend as well - a decent retread that works fine as is, but isn't a shadow of the longer, deeper and far richer original mini.