8:00 PM, 21st May, 2010
Edge Of Darkness is a film adaption of the 1985 BBC television series of the same name. With Campbell at the helm, a director with a strong track record of churning out top-notch thrillers (The Mask Of Zorro, Casino Royale), you’re in for a ride.
Gibson – the first time in front of cameras since 2002’s Signs – stars as Thomas Craven, a veteran homicide detective who investigates the death of his only daughter, a political activist, after she is killed on the steps of his house. His search for answers about his daughter’s death uncovers a world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion, murder and the discovery of a secret life she’s been living.
Craven’s investigation leads him to a government agent (Winstone), given the task of cleaning up any possible evidence, who appears to want to help. The film also stars the ever-reliable Huston. If you want a thriller and feel like being put on the edge of your seat, be sure to see this one!
10:11 PM, 21st May, 2010
In his first big-budget Hollywood film, Australian director Hillcoat (The Proposition) has adapted the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, following the enormous success of the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning adaptation of his “No Country for Old Men”. In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, an unnamed Man (Mortensen) and his Son (young Australian Smit-McPhee) eke out a living after an unspecified calamity.
With the sun obscured and civilisation collapsed, what’s left of life on Earth has abandoned law, order and morality, leaving the Man and his Son to travel towards the sea in the hopes of finding more ‘good people’ amongst the survivors. To avoid raiders, thieves and roving cannibals the Man carries a pistol with two bullets chambered, to be used for protection or suicide if necessary. Insistent upon instilling morality into his Son and ensuring mankind’s ethical and physical survival, the Man continues on, despite the hardships of his wife’s death prior to the film and the cataclysm itself.
Presenting a bleak and brutal account of life after unimaginable catastrophe, both personal and global, the Man and Son suffer extreme hardship and encounter constant horrors in a place above and beyond our everyday conceptions of morality and society. The Road is a brave attempt to film a seemingly unadaptable novel, contributing to the powerful and often thought-provoking genre of post-apocalyptic fiction (e.g. The Matrix, I Am Legend, Stephen King’s “The Stand”, the “Fallout” video game series).