Saturday, December 11, 2010

Edge of Darkness (1985)

Inspector Ronald Craven (played by Bob Peck) lives with his only daughter Emma (played by Joanne Whalley, who is very beautiful here. I don't like her as Scarlett O'Hara, though. Vivien Leigh's Scarlett is so famous that casting big eyed Joanne Whalley was not wise, in my opinion.). One day, it just happens. Emma is murdered, shot, in front of his eyes, in front of their house. In investigating the death of his activist daughter, Ronald Craven finds that she and her friends had broken into a hot cell which illegally producing plutonium. Together with a CIA agent (Joe Don Baker), Craven tries to understand the mystery behind Emma's death.

Bob Peck played the tormented father very well. It shocked him how Emma had never told him what she had been through. They were very close. She took care of him after her mother's death and he took care of her.

The  movie consists of 6 episodes, each about 50 minutes. The first, as always, is rather slow. The 5th, however, when Craven and CIA agent Jedburg breaks into the Northmoor plant is breathtaking. It ends sadly, but makes sense, as little pawns always lose against giant corporations and the government.

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