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"Movie Time"

March 24, 2010 - Mike Donahey

It’s movie time.
Blogs have been used by my coworkers to review, or just write in general about movies.
Now it’s my turn.
I recommend “Edge of Darkness,” “The Hurt Locker" and “Shutter Island.”
They are well done and merit visiting a theater or renting a DVD. (The "Hurt Locker" is available on DVD but not the others.)
“Edge of Darkness,” starring Mel Gibson is easily worth the price of admission plus popcorn and a beverage, if you are so inclined.
“It’s good to see Mel back in action,” wrote reviewer Mark Smith.
And Smith is right.
Gibson is believable as Thomas Craven, a Boston police detective who is tracking down his daughter’s murderer.
Along the way, he uncovers a corporate conspiracy and government cover-up.
There is action, drama and intrigue, all elements I like to see in a movie.
Ray Winstone, the British actor seen in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull” and “The Departed,” plays a “professional obstructor.”
His job is “to prevent people from connecting point A to point B,” he tells Gibson quietly and effectively.
I’ve liked Gibson since I saw him some time ago in “They Year of Living Dangerously.”
If you have children, get a baby-sitter. “Edge” is rated R for strong bloody violence and language
(If you like Winstone, rent “The Proposition” on DVD. Easily worth the rental price.)
My wife and I saw “The Hurt Locker” on DVD before the Academy Awards were announced. The film is worthy of “Best Film” and “Best Director” and everything else it won in my opinion.
The setting is Iraq. The film is not political. Rather, it evolves around the day-to-day jobs performed by a bomb detonation team.
Several real bomb detonators criticized parts of the film as not authentic. But that is the price you pay to be entertained. You have to take the sour with the sweet. Regardless, there are several “white knuckle” scenes in the film.
Movie fans will be seeing a lot more of Director Kathryn Bigelow and lead Jeremy Renner here. A solid supporting cast ably backs them up.
However, the movie is not suitable for young children either.
Director Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” is spooky right from the beginning and hits the viewer right between the eyes with a number of plot twists. Those looking for a “The Departed” kind of movie will be disappointed. It’s not remotely like that. Scorsese leaves behind some of his more traditional themes seen in his films.
The story: a patient escapes a prison for the mentally ill housed on a remote New England area island. DiCaprio and Ruffalo are two U.S. Marshals assigned to find her. Look for Scorsese, DiCaprio and others to earn Academy Award nominations next year. A strong supporting cast of Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Max Von Sydow and Michelle Williams add much. Again, not a film for young children.
Scorsese is a busy man. He’ll soon be directing a movie about Frank Sinatra and another starring Academy Award winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro.
See you at the concession stand.


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