Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Release Date: 1/18/2011
Number of Discs: 1
Director: John Curran
Actors: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy, Enver Gjokaj
Synopsis: Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Oscar® nominee Edward Norton deliver powerful performances as a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined in this “gritty and engrossing thriller” (Steve O’Brien WCBS-FM). Jack Mabry (De Niro), a parole officer days away from retirement, is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for arson. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision with his wife Lucetta (a startling raw breakout performance by Milla Jovovich) have profound and unexpected effects on them both. This tale of passion, betrayal, and corruption skillfully weaves together the paralell journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin.
The Making of Stone
Review: Stone is one of those movies that when it arrived I kept wondering how a movie featuring these three big names (Deniro, Norton, And Jovovich) didn’t get a big theatrical release. It makes popping the movie in for a spin a little scary because if they couldn’t put this out in a wide release then it could be something of a stinker. Naturally I have much love for this cast so putting fears aside I spun this one up and waited for glory or failure.
The plot has a ton going for it in the way of characters and idea’s but feels clunky and dry for too much of the runtime. Throughout most of the film they kept pushing this idea that sound and vibration effects us all and the way we go about our lives, an interesting idea but I have admit it was something of an irritation after awhile connecting the loose ends and plot points to this idea. For example the beginning of the film has a younger version of Deniro’s character Jack about to toss his little girl out a second story window if his wife intends to leave him, after which the film jumps forwards a few decades and seems to move on. All of which is fine but it feels so out of place for the entire film only to be left explained (possibly) by the whole vibration idea…because of a bee that was outside the window. Does that hold up in court? I’m pretty sure if “The Devil made me do it!” doesn’t fly “The bee made me to it!” isn’t going to work either.
Bees and vibrations aside the story is good and the cast good in a film that could have been great had it focused in on the real human drama and sexy plot to blackmail Jack into releasing Stone from prison, there’s some good stuff there and could have been quite the steamy set up if handled properly and naked Jovovich is always a good thing.
Worth checking out for the cast alone, more so if you are able to wrap your head around the plot or just run with it.