Director: John Curran
Genre: Drama/ Thriller
Runtime: 101 minutes
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy
Description: A convicted arsonist (Edward Norton) looks to manipulate a parole officer (Robert De Niro) into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife (Milla Jovovich) in the lawman's path.
Review: Jack Mabry is a parole officer and is about to retire. He evaluates prisoners who think they can leave prison earlier because of good behavior. His last case is Gerald ‘Stone’ Creeson, who has three more years left of his sentence. Stone tries it through his wife Lucetta, who has to talk Mabry into releasing Stone.
De Niro is at his best when you provoke him. And he doesn’t disappoint. But the fact that the relentless lawman falls for the tricks of the seductive Lucetta, feels a bit improbable. Edward Norton has been better before. I was annoyed by his voice, it sounded very weird in this movie. And Milla Jovovich is a beautiful woman, but her performance is so bad. Frances Conroy, who is a fantastic actress, doesn’t get enough to do here.
“Stone” has lots of symbolism and references to the Bible, to give it a deeper meaning. But that deeper meaning is what’s missing. The story is not interesting enough to stay focused the entire time, even with actors like De Niro and Norton.
“Stone” is one of those movies you forget within minutes after watching it.
Rating: 2/ 5