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Stone DVD Review

“Stone” is a slow paced bore.

When I first saw the press release about “Stone,” I wondered how this film didn’t get a wide release considering that it starred 3 mega-movie stars in Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Milla Jovovich. After seeing the film, however, it’s clear why the film never got a wide release- it has no audience.

“Stone” revolves around an aging parole officer (Jack) who is near retirement. One of his last jobs is a case involving a prisoner (Gerald “Stone”) who wants to turn his life around and get out of prison. In the outside world, Gerald is having his wife (Lucetta) try and influence Jack’s decision in letting Gerald go. Essentially, Gerald and Lucetta are playing mind games with Jack who isn’t exactly the most stable person to begin with.

While the above plot summary makes it sound like a thriller, it’s not. It’s actually a slow paced, heavy handed drama/character study that beats you over the head with themes of religion and faith. The disjointed editing and artsy direction certainly doesn’t help the film’s case either. Thankfully, the cast make “Stone” watchable.

Robert DeNiro is, well, Robert DeNiro here. He gives a fine, understated performance. The real stars here, however, are Milla Jovovich and Edward Norton. Jovovich in particular really shines here as a sexually charged wife. It was nice to see Milla get a chance to act here in a non brainless action flick role. As for Norton, he gives another amazing performance. I was blown away by how Norton managed to change his voice, mannerisms, and language for this character. He made it seem so effortless.

Summary: This “Stone” is better left unturned.

The 2.40:1 widescreen picture quality is solid all around and the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track does its job. Nothing more needs to be said.

The only extras are Anchor Bay trailers (including one for “Stone”) and a brief 6 minute making of featurette which includes the usual interviews and discussions about the characters and plot.

February 10, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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