Very true. Nonetheless, it's been difficult to stick up for Mel these last couple of years. He seems to have really gone off the deep end. It's a shame. I rented Edge of Darkness from a redbox the other night and it was just an outstanding film! One of Gibson's best performances! It was great to see him in front of the camera again and in top form.
Unfortunately, Mel's personal life has overshadowed the fact that he's still a first-rate talent who has made and continues to make some incredible films. I believe this is going to hurt him in the box office, causing excellent movies like this one to disappear under the shadow of his increasingly erratic behavior.
Groundbreaking environmental-espionage shocker Edge of Darkness (1985) begins routinely enough but then ratchets the suspense to levels that would have turned Hitchcock himself green with envy. Emma Craven (Joanne Whalley in her first staring role) is a young environmental activist killed in mysterious circumstances. Emma's father Ron Craven (Bob Peck in a star-making performance) will not be silenced and, as a police detective, is uniquely positioned to pursue his own unofficial investigation. He moves from grief to a determination to find the truth, all the while advised and/or comforted by Emma, but is she a ghost or a manifestation of his haunted psyche? Craven digs deeper, uncovering labyrinthine conspiracy in the nuclear industry and, as the body count rises, encounters the garrulous CIA agent Darius Jedburgh (a superb Joe Don Baker) with a mysterious agenda of his own. Accompanied by a haunting musical score by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton, Edge of Darkness builds on the legacy of Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People to become quite simply the best television thriller ever. —Gary S. Dalkin