110 of 113 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2010
Good News, Bad News. The good: that Tom Selleck is continuing his role as Jesse Stone, the aging, half-alcoholic police chief in Robert B. Parker's series set in Paradise, Massachusetts. The bad: that with Parker's death, this series of made-for-tv movies may be at an end. Back to the good: that Selleck was producer and co-author of this last episode, called "No Remorse." Suit and Rose are running the department alone, because the town council has suspended Jesse and banned them from even speaking to Jesse. The story line involves two cases, a series of armed robberies of convenience stores in Paradise and what appears to be a series of three murders in Boston. Jesse is helping his old Boston buddy Healey as an intuitive assistant on the Boston murders. And he's also helping Suit and Rose with their case, knowing that they will need to solve it to keep their jobs. Some viewers object to the darkness of this episode, missing the light banter so typical of Parker's style. I disagree with the objectors, finding the character, as Selleck has defined him in this episode as well as the first four, to be perfectly in keeping with Parker's original intent. And I hope there will be at least one more in Selleck's repertoire before he's done with it. I simply have to see him and Suit and Rose back on the force together, and Jesse's growing love for Reggie, the setter with the biggest, most mournful eyes since Boomer. That would be truly good news.
61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2010
I believe they did Robert Parker justice when they opted to have Tom Selleck portray Jesse Stone. He does an excellent job of it. He's moody, drowning in booze, non-talkative with one word answers. He's lonely as hell, craves human & animal affection, but will never admit to it.
No Remorse does a nice job of fitting two story lines together. It melds them very well. The ending delving into the Paradise Police Department's staffs future. is a cliffhanger that fits well. Oh, Reggie is adorable
Sad to see "In Memory of Robert B. Parker" at the end though. He will be missed
143 of 156 people found the following review helpful
As a result of his Thin Ice feud with the Paradise City Council, police chief Jesse Stone is suspended from his duties and his former colleagues on the force are forbidden to talk to him. Jesse is pretty depressed and drinking a lot, but he does finally decide talking to his ex-wife Jen is a bad idea.
Things start to look up when Healey of the state police invites Jesse to consult on an apparent serial killer case in Boston and there's been a rash of convenience store robberies in Paradise that Rose and Acting Police Chief Suitcase feel inadequate to cope with. Since Jesse also spends a lot of time with his psychiatrist trying to figure out why he can't give his dog affection, his schedule fills up fast. He also needs to learn how to use a cell phone since there was an, ah, unfortunate accident with his land line. Because of the interdiction on Jesse's communication with Suitcase and Rose, the cell phone becomes a plot point and the cloak and dagger element just misses being comic.
Jesse doggedly pursues the serial killer who seems to have a connection with the boxing promoter Gino Fish, and aids Rose and Suitcase, who need Jesse's help in identifying the perpetrator of the convenience store robberies from security tapes. The entire Paradise police department in a superb display of teamwork catches the convenience store perp. The serial killer case is wrapped up in the last few minutes of the movie in an incredible twist that left me saying, `Huh?'
With No Remorse, the movie character of Jesse Stone diverges irrevocably from that of the late lamented Robert Parker's books. He's more angst-ridden and struggles in ways the book Jesse doesn't. No Remorse, co-written by Tom Selleck, is dark. All the characters are having major problems both on and off the job to the point that it's almost painful to watch. The delightful repartee that's always been a feature of the Jesse Stone movies is much heavier handed and honestly, the movie could use some comic relief in addition to Jesse's problems with his cell phone. Several plot threads were left dangling but I read there will be at least one more Jesse Stone movie, so perhaps things will be resolved.
Three and a half stars rounded up to four. I really missed the lightness of touch of the earlier entries. And I still miss Molly.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2010
I still wish someone in Hollywood would make this into a TV series. I - and all Jesse Stone fans - waited for this movie for over a year! I just hope that the next in the series "Innocents Lost", scheduled to be released later in 2010, will not be put on hold.
"No Remorse" was brilliant. I've read the other reviews and don't understand why some are knocking this movie as portraying Jesse Stone to be a darker character than writer Robert B. Parker created him to be. Really? Have you read the books? Jesse Stone is meant to be a loner haunted with his former life destroyed because of a drinking problem brought about due to Jesse's weakness in dealing with his former wife's affair. Jesse loses it all and must pick up the pieces of his life, all that is left, to begin a new life in Paradise, MA. That's about as dark as it gets. He is a man with some serious issues - issues he is aware of and is working on.
This movie does an outstanding job in revealing Jesse's life suspended from the police force for "too many deaths in Paradise" as we see in the final scenes of "Thin Ice". Now Jesse is moonlighting for Captain Healey (major case) and assisting Rose and Suitcase in their own caper (minor case).
Too Dark? No. I think the last two movies are the best yet. I hope there is more to come after "Innocents Lost" airs. Tom Selleck is great as Jesse Stone. I look forward to these movies like a child waiting for Christmas day. Keep 'em coming.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2010
As an avid Jesse Stone/Tom Selleck fan I couldn't wait for the next- bigger than life- Tom Selleck portrayal of my hero. Tom is the perfect Jesse.......or was. The last two Jesse Stone installments lack the finesse and strength of the real deal. My family actually had a gathering in order to watch this movie..........no one was happy. Added to the muddy, confused plot is a cliff hanger ending which left us all shaking our heads and wondering why anyone would mess with the marvelous, clean stoytelling of Robert B. Parker.
If you are purchasing this video based on the past movies be forewarned.........it is not the same. Tom Selleck is wonderful as Jesse but this Jesse is not Robert Parker's Jesse. Neither "Thin Ice" nor "No Remorse" have the pace, appeal or clarity of the previous Jesse Stone movies. I sincerely hope Tom and crew will do at least one more in honor of Robert B.Parker and pull it all together.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2010
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It's a movie. Isn't it nice to have something to actually look forward to on a Sunday night? Seriously. All the junk on tv these days...it's so nice to be able to anticipate a tv movie besides something from Hallmark. My family had the date marked on the calender for weeks just to be sure we didn't miss it.
Jesse Stone IS a dark character, so it naturally follows that what goes on in the series will be dark. But his interaction with the rest of the cast of characters is so great, and we all can see his developing fondness for Reggie. How could one NOT love Reggie? He loves Reggie but is afraid to let himself show it. Same with his other friendships. CURSE YOU, JEN!
While I really like Kathy Baker, I also miss Molly's character. It would be nice to have them both back in some way. After all, the Paradise PD needs staff, right?
Suitcase is a treasure. I also love the psychiatrist(although I get the urge to break out an inhaler while watching his scenes) and Capt. Healy. Everyone in the show is great. A wonderful cast of character actors. Character actors are the spine of entertainment (ask me--I was a theatre major).
This last episode seemed to bring in so many of the old characters from previous ones. It was great. No, it wasn't quite as good as some of the others, but still, it was great, compared to what we're offered on tv these days.
So keep 'em coming, Tom and crew. Tom Selleck just gets better and better. He was an adorable younger man, and now he's a gorgeous and introspective mature man. It just doesn't get much better than that. Besides, who has ever had a better 'stache or brows? No One!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2010
Jesse Stone. It's raining and it's hard to see. It's how Jesse Stone movies begin. The music is somber.
Jesse Stone, Sheriff of Paradise, job is to see and find out who has killed without regard, without remorse: cold as the night is dark. It's particularity hard to see through the rain at night and wanting to see, to understand becomes a motivating force in Jesse Stone's life. Now that Jesse Stone has been suspended from the force for telling it like it is his job is tougher. At home with Reggie his Golden retriever,
a bottle of booze, Jesse Stone has been left for the moment frustrated. Both Reggie and Jesse Stone are grieving; Jesse Stone has an unfaithful wife and Reggie's owner has died. It is hard to feel good. Yet thankfully Jesse Stone
has his work, has his purpose; find the killer and protect the people he cares for. Jesse Stone is no sloucher; he has been working with a Psychoanalyst to help him not only figure his character out but also find a way into the mind of an obsessed killer. It all sounds familiar to Jesse Stone. As Jesse Stone begins to understand himself his drinks becomes curtailed, and he develops a caring bond with Reggie. Recognizing that solitude has its limits, and booze is a bad friend, Jesse Stone is no longer between a rock and a hard place. Jesse Stone has turned the corner.
RIP Robert B. Parker
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2010
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I've read a number of the reviews of this movie. Many of the reviewers stated that this one featured a darker Jesse Stone. There's a good reason for that, which I will comment on later in this review. I'm a big fan of the Jesse Stone movie series, and I particularly liked the first four in the series (Stone Cold, Death in Paradise, Night Passage, and Sea Change).
In this latest installment, Jesse Stone (even while he is officially suspended by the Town Council of Paradise) helps his friend Healey (Captain of the Boston Homicide Department) and the Paradise Police Department to solve a series of mysterious killings in Paradise. Capt. Healey hires Jesse as a consultant to get his "coply intuition" in an effort to find clues to solve the case; meanwhile, the overworked and undermanned Paradise PD, represented by Rose and Suitcase, also seek Jesse's help "unofficially." These killings seem to be linked to the mob, but there are no definite clues. Meanwhile, there is sub-plot with Jesse's struggles with how to operate his cell-phone -- everyone's trying to leave messages for him.
I liked "No Remorse" because it offers a deeper inside look into Jesse Stone's struggles, personality, and relationships. He has deeper interactions with people like Rose (the assistant to the Chief), Suitcase (now the Temp Chief), Healey (the Boston Homicide Chief), and his conversations with the crime boss Gino Fish and his assistant are more extensive.
There were some comical moments in this film. His conversations with Hastings (the former town council boss he put away in Night Passage) were amusing. Hastings is now a used car salesman and he likes to tell Jesse "I'm very fond of you, Jesse", to which Jesse replies, "Whenever you tell me that, bad things happen!" Jesse also has an amusing and awkward chat with a female nun over dinner. Meanwhile, Jesse also tries to reach out and show affection to his dog as advised by his therapist. These scenes helped to lighten up the mood.
If Jesse Stone seems "darker" in "No Remorse",it is because he is depressed & devastated by the official suspension of being the Chief. Jesse Stone loved his job and he was so gifted in solving difficult cases. He was born to be the Police Chief in Paradise and he did a brilliant job. Tom Selleck and Michael Brandman did a masterful job of writing the original script to this entry; they were sensitive to what was happening with Jesse Stone's character. It would make sense that Jesse would not have the same light-hearted banter that characterized the first four series (because he's not the Chief anymore, and he's depressed). The script gave us more of a personal look into Jesse Stone. We also get a better glimpse of his relationships with people. We see his affection for his former co-workers (Rose and Suitcase) in the Paradise Police Department, his care for the girl Emily who works at the convenience store, and his friendship with Healey, who helps him out by hiring him as his consultant. We also hear a richer dialogue with Jesse's shrink; one of his sessions proves to be very significant in helping Jesse find the right clues in the case.
I thought "No Remorse" was much more satisfying and suspenseful than the depressing and dismal "Thin Ice." I enjoyed the rich character development, the deeper personal look at Jesse Stone, and the suspenseful story. What is sadly missing in this DVD are any special features: there are no interviews, no featurettes, and no commentary (hence the deletion of a star). Now, that's dark and depressing!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2010
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sigh .. wonderful as usual. Suitcase, Rose, Healey, and the lot are great with the pretty town of Paradise. So glad he finally decided to nix Madam Queen who couldn't let go of him and played havoc with his emotions (Jen). Keep them coming, Tom!! They are a great tribute to Parker.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2010
Many familiar faces show up in this installment, reminding the viewer how much ground has been covered in the series. There're several powerful scenes, 3D/likable characters, and great acting, Tom Selleck's perfect, and Robert Harmon does another great job directing. These movies have a low-key, subtle, understated way about them, the acting, the music, the dialogue etc. are almost minimalistic, which in turn amplifies the crimes and faster paced scenes throughout. Also recommended, Ike-countdown to D-day, with Selleck and Harmon.