As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.
As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence. less
Detective Thomas Craven gets the shock of his life when he sees his daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) shot at his front door and die in his arms. Intially suspected to be the actual target of the shooter, Craven starts to realise, during his investigation, that it was actually his daughter who was the intended target. Probing further into the case, Craven discovers a world of deceit, conspiracy and murder going right upto a Senator. On his heels is spin doctor Jedburgh (Ray Winstone) hired to protect the Senator and also the CEO of Northmoor, Jack Bennett (Danny Huston), a nuclear research company. Craven has limited resources since he cannot trust anyone and very limited time, as he realises during the course of the movie.
Director Martin Campbell, (GoldenEye, Mask of Zorro) packs in an intelligent suspense thriller as a comeback vehicle for Mel Gibson. With strong performances from the supporting cast of Ray Winstone & Danny Huston, Campbell does well in extracting a good job from his cast. Where he fails, is in the speed of the film. At 117 minutes running time, the movie could have been better had it been trimmed by about 10-15 minutes. That would have made a deep impact on the audiences. Currently, one tends to lose interest during certain portions before the climax begins. The father-daughter relationshp is very well shown on screen and is sure to touch the right chords with fathers. Especially the scene where Mel is teaching his young daughter how to shave with a comb is heart touching.
Mel Gibson returns to the big screen as an actor, after a period of 7 years (2003, The Singing Detective). And he is a treat to see in this film. Mel looks comfortable in the role of a father seeking revenge on a suicide mission. One can't wait to see him again in his upcoming Jodie Foster directed flick, The Beaver.
Ray Winstone (The Departed, Fool's Gold, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) is first rate in his cameo performance of the 'fixer'. Danny Huston puts in a competent performance. The background score by Howard Shore does add depth to the vulnerability of Gibson's performance.