105 Min | Drama – Thriller | October 2010
IMDB Rating: 5.4
Director: John Curran
Starring: Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro
Stone Review: Jack(Deniro) is about to retire but requests that he can finish his final convicts paroles. Stone (Norton) is one of those convicts. Stone starts as a character who wants out of prison but not for the reasons a parole officer would want. The plot is seemingly straight forward in its setup. Mila Jovavich gives a wonderful performance, most notably because the audience is never really clear on which direction she is taking in her motivation. Its not a trait to make her more of a suspenseful character, its to show how one dimensional her relationship really is with Stone.
The essential plot setup is Jovavich and Stone decide on a plan to seduce Jack so that the parole is a must. The problem is that once this starts, Stone begins to experience change. As does Jack. The film relies on the characters emotions rather than intense cat and mouse games. The film sets the audience to follow the “good guy” (Deniro) but it challenges the audience later to decide really who to trust. The most interesting aspect is that Jack is content when listening to Stone’s problems but when Stone begins to change, Jack is not alright with it. The years of holding back his darkness cannot stay contained when he is not judging others.
Stone is definitely one to be analyzed. This could be why the reception is severely mixed. It had a profound effect on emotion. No specific type except dread and in some cases, familiar motives. The film cannot be reviewed without a depth of character discussion, so in this case check the film out. Just do not expect typical suspense thrillers Hollywood has given. Ignore the rating until you view it yourself. And if nothing seems to get your interest, just expect great performances for Deniro, Jovavich, and Norton. Overall, Stone is an excellent film. Enjoy it.