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IN ACTION: The debonair Mel Gibson portraying the character of Craven in the film
IN ACTION: The debonair Mel Gibson portraying the character of Craven in the film

Madhur Tankha

“Edge of Darkness” all set for release in the country on June 25

NEW DELHI: After a hiatus of eight years, Hollywood's much adored star Mel Gibson is all set to entertain his fans with a thriller titled “Edge of Darkness” up for release across the country on June 25.

The film is about Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) who is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma, is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that Mel was the target. But the quick-thinking Mel 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 world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder.

Shadowy government operative Darius Jedburgh (Ray Winstone) has been sent 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. Noted film-maker Martin Campbell -- known for making the much talked about “Casino Royale” in which Daniel Craig played James Bond -- has directed this emotionally charged thriller in which the connection between politics and big business is highlighted.

In a rather unusual turn of events, Campbell has directed “Edge of Darkness” not once but twice. He made the feature film after first directing the award-winning British Broadcasting Corporation's mini-television series more than two decades ago. Stating that someone suggested the possibility of making the series into a movie about five years ago, Martin says: “I thought it was a great idea. ‘Edge of Darkness' was a very powerful story; a father loses his daughter and goes on a journey of discovery not only to find out who killed her and why, but also who she really was. He is someone who loved his daughter and thought he understood her but what he discovers is that she was involved in a whole way of life that he knew nothing about.”

Debonair actor Mel Gibson was Martin's first and only choice for portraying the character of Craven.

“The part called for someone of Mel Gibson's calibre; there aren't a lot of actors who have the kind of gravitas that he has,” says Martin.

The screenplay is by Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (“The Departed”) and Andrew Bovell (“Lantana”), based on the original television series written by Troy Kennedy Martin. PVR Pictures in association with GK Films Production, based on the BAFTA award-winning BBC mini-series, is releasing the film nationwide.

Stating that the latest Hollywood offering is a must-watch for all movie buffs, PVR Limited Joint Managing Director Sanjeev Kumar Bijli said: “It is a powerful movie with a distinctive storyline coupled with some amazing performances. After the successful releases of the ‘Twilight' series and ‘Remember Me', we hope that the endeavour to reach out to Indian audiences by bringing in international movies helps us witness a growing interest in this space.”

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