Monday, February 8, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Martin Campbell
Writers: William Monahan (sceenplay) and Andrew Bovell (screenplay)
Cast: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic, Shawn Roberts, David Bakeer, Jay O. Sanders, Denis O'Hare, Damien Young, Caterina Scorsone et al.
Producers: Ted Headington, Graham King and Michael Wearing
Executive Producers: Gail Lyon, Danton Rissner, David M. Thompson, E. Bennett Walsh and Susanne Warren
Co-producers: Lucienne Papon and Kwame Parker
Original Music: Howard Shore
Running Time: 116 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Mel Gibson is back as an actor. This time, in a remake of the popular 1985 British television series by the same name, Gibson plays a veteran homicide detective.

The character, Thomas Craven, is trying to unravel the mystery behind the brutal murder of his daughter, Emma.

Craven's investigation leads him into the world of government collusion, corporate cover-ups, nuclear espionage, murder and shadowy government operatives.

The original series was met with tremendous critical acclaim. Whether or not the remake will be as successful remains to be seen.

The film is emotionally charged as the 24-year old Emma, Craven's only child is murdered on the steps of his home and everyone assumes that he was the target.

In this version, Craven is with the Boston Police Department (instead of being in Yorkshire) and as a career cop with homicide experience, stops at nothing to uncover the truth about his daughter's death.

The film is intense, with many unexpected twists, although the nuclear turn in the story is a bit far-fetched and not totally believable.

Gibson looks extremely aged - a far cry from his previous films. It takes a few minutes to get used to his look, but then he becomes believable in the role of a despairing father with nothing left to lose, who will do anything necessary to solve his daughter's murder.

With a solid supporting cast and a tight story all that remains to be seen is whether public audiences will forgive Gibson his many personal indiscretions and flock to the box office.