Director: Martin Campbell
Actors & Actresses: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic
MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence and language
Officer Craven (Mel Gibson) is picking up his daughter (Bojana Novakovic) who is coming for a visit. We quickly find out she is sick and troubled. Not having enough time to tell her father what is going on she is gunned down on his front porch. Officer Craven is assured by his partner Officer Whitehouse (Jay O Sanders) that they will do everything in their power to find out who is targeting Officer Craven.
It becomes apparent that the police are mistaken and Officer Craven’s daughter was the real target. Craven finds a gun in his daughters’ belongings after she died and traces it back to her boy-friend who is being watched by the company where she and he had worked.
Enter Captain JedBurgh (Ray Winstone) who is hired by “the powers that be” to clean the mess left behind in the wake of Craven’s death. He meets with Officer Craven and explains the situation from his perspective and to generally size the man up
Officer Craven then goes on a campaign to find out who killed his daughter which he traces back to the company she was working for Northmoor, a nuclear energy company which is headed up by Jack Bennett (Danny Huston). Officer Craven shows up at Northmoor and questions Jack Bennett, who ends the conversation asking a very odd and inappropriate question giving us the ability to infer that he is the one pulling the strings. Officer Craven and JedBurgh separately work their own agendas on those involved and for very different reasons, and folks this one goes pretty high up the ladder.
This movie had a very good plot development, and though slow at points I do not believe this was from lack of content. It had the feel of a theatrical play made into the movie especially at the beginning. As it moved forward the violence seemed to come out of nowhere though it was not outside the plot.
Mr. Gibson played this character very well. He seemed to convey to me a very deliberate, calculating man who was grieving for his deceased daughter, and not looking for one-liners and showing off how much fire power he had. I liked this movie though I would not recommend going to see it at the theater but wait till it is out on DVD.