Friday, November 20, 2009

FILM TOPIC: Mel Gibson Returns with "Edge of Darkness"

I'm sure Mel Gibson and his team of agents carefully thought out what his first acting project after a seven year absence from the big screen would be. I'm sure they realized that unlike Richard Gere, Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford, and even Clint Eastwood, he has NOT aged well. A romantic comedy would've been a stretch. A buddy comedy would've posed the question of whether or not he actually has any friends. And an action movie would've required a collective rooting for his character, which would've been difficult to encourage considering no one's actually rooting for him. So, I think a dramatic thriller was the right choice. Playing a loving father slash homicide detective whose activist daughter is murdered for "knowing too much" about a corporate cover-up and government conspiracy was a great idea. Giving him a Boston accent, so we're so focused on determining whether he's doing the city's natives justice, was an even greater idea.

BUT, I don't think it was such a great idea for the trailer to end on this line:
"You better decide whether you're hanging on the cross or banging in the nails."
Really? You were soooo close to just sweeping that whole anti-semitism scandal under the rug, but you just had to mention religion. The film comes out January 10th. I suspect after that excruciatingly long weekend, he'll see just how forgiving this "Catholic" nation really is:

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