Edge of Darkness is a movie with another actor I appreciate a lot. I like him as an actor and filmmaker, because he is a real artist, no matter his flaws in his private life. Are we appreciate less the inventor of the History of Religions as a science, who was somehow a nazi in his native country, his political obedience considered a “young age’s flaw”, or Celine, or Oscar Wilde, both pro Hitler in their times? I don’t believe so. On the contrary, I think people or critics avoid to mention it. I’m talking here of the 2010 production of Edge of Darkness, a movie directed by Martin Campbell, after a screenplay put together by a collective of writers lead by William Monahan and Andrew Bovell, a film in which Mel Gibson, a guy with problems in his life, as a lot of his colleagues have, makes a brilliant act.
The movie is a political thriller, with not that “controversial” subjects which throw a different light to United States government, or American politics in general, a thriller with “conspiracy theory” elements in it, again, with some things nobody can believe are possible, because, like 9/11 attacks were, nobody in their right minds can believe may happen with the United States government’s involvement. Very obvious was a movie made about Iraq, about hunting for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Baghdad, the very official reason of starting the war, The Green Zone, with Matt Damon, an officer going rogue after finding some undiscovered “truth” about all that subject and, of course, finding no evidence of Chemical or Mass Destruction Weapons. On the same line is this movie as well. Mel Gibson, a police inspector, victim of a staged crime, at least the reason was staged, solves the intricacies. Intricacies about politicians, covered agents and wealthy business owners depicted as everybody familiar with the underground “conspiracy” literature, has no doubts imaging. For the rest of the people is pure fiction, like their real “wealth”, 9/11 terrorists, Lee Harvey Oswald acting solitary and many many more.
As I said, this one is just a political thriller 6.6 imdb rated, the other one was at least 7.0, but that’s maybe because of Matt Damon being the sexiest star of 2010 and Mel Gibson being the doushebag of the same year. Who knows, both are good. Now please think of this: people in the Army die in Iraq, Afghanistan, or likewise, great probability to die in Iran soon. They’re paid to “serve”, right? They were valued at a certain price, and signed willingly the contracts, like in any other job. What a cruelty. A corporate pimp makes more money selling crap in the supermarket than a poor jock who allows himself to be killed by scared peoples on the streets of Baghdad. If they let themselves killed because they believe in “freedom”, is worse.
In the movie, we’ll see Bojana Novakovic, Danny Huston and Ray Winstone. I keep meeting this last one in a lot of movies, lately. Another good actor. Danny Huston is also on my list of favorites. Matt Damon is not. I’m going to say more about these things, in future posts. A film to enjoy, a film which makes you think.
A lot of shadowy things in this movie, sometimes they mock the guys looking for conspiracies, leftists, anarchistic paramilitary organizations, etc. There is nothing like it, I’ve explained in a previous post about the lack of conspiracy. It’s in the open. Oh, and try to prove that your own government is delivering weapons, bombs and paraphernalia to the enemies, the terrorists! Absolutely insane :).
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