Magazine February 22, 2010, Issue

Unhappy Returns

(Warner Bros.)
A review of Edge of Darkness

There’s a fine line between be­ing a crazy, paranoid, violence-obsessed genius, and just being plain old crazy. In the first half of the 2000s, Mel Gibson managed to stay (just barely, sometimes) on the genius side of the line. His obvious instability was balanced, if not excused, by the weird, mad brilliance of his two self-financed directorial efforts, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. Sure, he grew a Jeremiah Johnson beard and said bizarre things to interviewers, but he also made two of the decade’s most distinctive, arresting, and uncompromising movies — with subtitles, no less!

By the time Apocalypto

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