Ray Winstone

'Edge of Darkness' is a '70s-style symphony of paranoia

Movie-goers off to see the new Mel Gibson movie "Edge of Darkness," a compressed two-hour version of the six-hour 1985 British TV miniseries, are likely to be doing so because their man Mel is back on the edge, on the boil and on the trigger after nearly eight years off as a top-line screen actor. ("Signs" was his most recent starring role.)

But other factors work in this conflicted, still entertaining thriller's favor. Among them: Ray Winstone as assassin/fixer/philosopher of mysterious employ, who quietly becomes the most intriguing character, and co-writer William Monahan's fabulous way with vaguely threatening doublespeak.