At The Movies
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on a film opening today at The Majestic Theater in Greenville :
“Edge of Darkness” is a good “welcome back” role for Mel Gibson---he looks every bit the vigilante Dad, the avenging urban warrior, with little to go on except his wits, and little to lose, except his regrets.
He’s a Boston police detective, a widower, whose only child, a grown daughter, comes to visit unexpectedly.  He adores her, but not really in a realistic way---he cherishes the memories he has of her as a little girl, on the beach, building a sand castle, begging Dad to come in the water with her.  He constantly replays these old idealized movies in his head, but he doesn’t know her boyfriend, isn’t sure what she does at work, and has no idea why she’s suddenly ill.
After a heartrending scene where he watches her being murdered by an unknown assassin, we follow his grimly-determined, relentless pursuit of the mysteries of her adult life.  We hope, as he does, that we don’t discover anything that will disappoint us too much.  But we have to know the truth, no matter who its hurts---even if it’s our own carefully-preserved images of distant memory.
Lots of intrigue, not all of it explained well----personal violence, and not-so-nice-guys behaving boorishly.  Watch what you decide you have to know; you just might find out something achingly unpleasant.  “Edge of Darkness” indeed.
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93.5 KICK-FM