Mel Gibson back in action 

We’ve seen Mel Gibson in roles like this before — the righteous crusader, seeking vengeance for a horrible injustice. In Martin Campbell’s “Edge of Darkness,” he plays the role well, with a passion seemingly renewed by his eight-year absence from the screen.

Here, he plays a cop whose daughter is murdered. He wants to know why, and the answer is more complicated than he believes.

He’s not an absentee father, but he is a man who didn’t know his daughter particularly well, and what he discovers — that she was an activist, attempting to expose the wrongdoing of arms manufacturers — surprises him.

His search for the truth is thoroughly gripping. The movie is not without humor — as always, Gibson is at his best when he plays tough guys with a comical side — but it also allows us a glimpse into the darker side of his character, and for that we are thankful.

Gibson excels at playing a down-and-out loner, driven to the brink of insanity by the demons that haunt him.

“Edge of Darkness” is riveting entertainment, a thriller that takes us on a wild ride while it lasts.

It’s a great pleasure to see Gibson on the screen again — he’s ferocious, clearly moved by the material — and watching him in action is a joy that’s all too rare.

Edge of Darkness

Three and a half stars

Starring Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic
Written by William Monahan, Andrew Bovell
Directed by Martin Campbell
Rated R
Running time 1 hour 57 minutes

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