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Edge of Darkness

The trend for this weekend's theater movies (all two of them) is flicks that strangely resemble ones from last year. Starting with Edge of Darkness, or Taken with Mel Gibson kicking ass for his hurt-in-someway daughter instead of Liam Neeson.

Impression overall is that it was wicked slow paced. I hate when they do that. 90% of the action sequences fit into the trailer. I know I wasnt the only one who felt that way. I overheard a couple in front of me comment on how slow it was, then the other replied by pointing out that it was just like Taken.

But yeah, when there was action, it was great. There was even one big outta nowhere, to avoid spoilers lets say action-y bit, that seriously made me jump. It took a few minutes to recover and bring my heart rate back down. I think if I was a screamer, that woulda gotten some sound outta me. The rest of the time, I was fighting to stay awake. I'd initially thought that maybe I'd just partied too hard the night before and shoulda slept in longer. 'Cept when I came home and tried to nap, it didnt happen, which leads me to the conclusion that the movie was just that sleep inducing.

Notably, this is Mel Gibson's return to the front of the camera after 8 years mainly behind it. Character-wise he did good, but that \m/ Boston accent has to go. Yes, Ive only been living in Beantown for 6 1/2 years, but I've already become quite the snob as to how my town is portrayed. I dont claim to be an expert, and as far as the accent I cant do much more than say "pahk yah cah in Hahvahd Yahd", but a bad on-screen Boston accent is nails on the chalkboard for me. Seriously, not everyone you'll encounter here talks like that. If your actor can't nail it, its okay to drop that. We'll still understand where the movie's happening. However, on the Beantown front, I will give it points for some good shots of the city. I wasn't particularly paying attention for geographic accuracy (such as the opening scene in 21 where Jim Sturgess crosses the Charles River about 3 times), cause I know thats impossible. But at least they didnt pull a Fringe and say they were driving along the Fenway while on a highway. Yeah I can see the Fenway from my window. Not a highway.

Again, wanted so bad to like this movie. I do need to give it another watch at some point, and hopefully I'll stay coherent enough to make sense of it. But for now

Edge of Darkness - \m/ \m/
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