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Stone (2010)

Robert De Niro , Milla Jovovich , John Curran  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Milla Jovovich, Edward Norton
  • Directors: John Curran
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047T74CM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stone" on IMDb

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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 (Milla Jovovich) have profound and unexpected effects on them both. This tale of passion, betrayal and corruption skillfully weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin.

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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood (a look at the film itself) January 12, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
'Stone' was not received well critically. It was marketed as a prison drama in which Norton and De Niro tensely face off. It isn't. Once you get over that fact and accept the movie on its own terms, your mind and heart can be opened by its powerful reflections.

I believe great cinema works best as a mirror. This describes 'Stone'; not all viewers will see the same story. Some will interpret Norton as a lying sociopath, while I saw him as a man who maintains the upperhand through real--though accidental--spiritual enlightenment. Actually, guilt and enlightenment are the two main undercurrents in the characters' stories. Norton seeks his enlightenment through a religion that helps him to shut his fast mouth and listen; De Niro seeks escape from his "honest and upright" lifestyle through sexual enlightenment. De Niro's life dissolves while Norton's evolves, and the process is nothing short of compelling. You may not expect the end result.

Some interesting sidebars: The religion Norton seeks out is referred to as "Zuckangor: The Religion of the Light and Sound of God," startlingly similar to Eckankar (which I was recently and coincidentally introduced to in a local bookstore). The soundtrack reflects this religion, so listen close for slowly building tones that indicate important moments in character development. Also on this note, watch Norton's hair.

The acting is incredible (I was surprised by Jovovich, too!), the cinematography is thought-provoking, and the story is beautiful. I agree with the reviewer that thinks this movie will age well.
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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances December 31, 2010
Format:DVD
Robert DeNiro plays a parole officer about to retire and Edward Norton is cast as a convicted arsonist, trying to convince him that he should get an early release from prison in this gripping "noirish" thriller from director John Curran.

Rather than "convince," the wily Norton is, actually, trying to "manipulate" DeNiro into writing a favorable assessment. He even goes so far as having his beautiful, off-the-wall wife (Milla Jovovich) seduce the corrections official in order to accomplish that.

Though Angus McLachlan's screenplay sometimes tends to meander, it is populated with a quartet of fascinating multi-dimensional characters, none of which are particularly likable, yet all who are seeking some sort of spiritual enlightenment.

DeNiro, in a loveless marriage (to Frances Conroy), finds that his church going cannot help him avoid his darker impulses, while Norton, after he witnesses a fellow prisoner being murdered, claims to have had a religious epiphany. The operative word here is "claims," because we're never quite sure if he's telling the truth or if this apparent change is simply a ruse to get what he wants.

What makes STONE so compelling is its performances. DeNiro, in one of the most complex roles he has had in years, plays a man fighting the evil within him, while Norton utilizes his unique talent to bring to life a chameleon-like sociopath. Though she does not have a lot to do, Ms. Conroy is brilliant as the mostly silent, religious wife who has bargained away her life out of fear.

Certainly Ms. Jovovich, cast as the bold, sexy wife who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, delivers the most colorful and surprising performance.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PERFORMANCES that you'd expect January 25, 2011
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STONE is dubbed a "psychological duel", and it is. Robert Deniro plays Jack, a parole officer who holds all the cards in the life of Stone (Edward Norton) a convicted arsonist who is pleading his case to be released from prison, back into society. Stone will stop at nothing, including using his wife to manipulate Jack.

The movie leads you to believe that you know and understand all the characters involved but they go different directions as the movie goes along. It does a pheonominal job of progressing its characters and revealing more and more about who they were and who they are becoming.

With guys like Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton and a superbly underated and fearless actress Milla Jovovich, STONE is an outstanding character study and may hit home with a lot of people who could be going through life in an unhappy marriage or living life without hope. It is impossible to give too much insight without giving away important elements to the story. The story elements and plots changes are so subtle they don't actually hit you until the afterfact, which is brilliant.

I'm afraid that STONE has a lot of machinery and mechanics going on, only to drive to nowhere. Or maybe that's the whole point. Maybe it is supposed to go to nowhere because that's the whole message that looms over the movie from the opening sequence to the finale. Jack lives a soulless existence and he can't escape. Unfortunately, that message also leaves an empty feeling with the audience and makes STONE just an average movie experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wrap my head around these negative reviews. February 15, 2012
By troops
Format:DVD
This movie was great. I feel that the negative reviews were from people whose movie library consists of a lot of Van Damme, and Steven Seagal (people who don't care to strain the brain too often).

The film impressed me so much with its content by tackling real, but not so obvious, fundamental issues within society. Religion vs. unconventional knowledge of the same faith, faith issues, core beliefs as well as core being, conformity, inner demons, restraint, conservatism, desire, motivation, vulnerability, temptation, technological hazards, alternative healing, inner peace, etc. The list goes on!

Not all movies need to be systematic spectacles that support the bourgeoisie agenda. This movie was made to grab your attention, and to make you think.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brothers
Very different film I would say buy it or rent it. May not be your thing. It's about a brother that comes home from Iraq and finds a situation he has to deal with thats family... Read more
Published 1 month ago by paul k powell
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been something special
"Stone" is a drama genre film which focuses on parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) and his assessment of prisoner Gerald "Stone" Creeson (Edward Norton) for potential... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas R.W. Henning
5.0 out of 5 stars DOES IT GET BETER THEN DE NIRO AND EDD NORTEN
BEING A BIG FAN OF DE NIRO AND ED NORTEN ADD THIS TO YOUR DE NRIO COLLECTION . NOT HIS BEST BUT STILL CUT ABOVE MOST
Published 1 month ago by j.g.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping, even with this bad weather
Very decent movie, at least you wont regret buying a flop film. Has some surprises. See these actors playing good role, they were perfect for this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Bob G
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worse movie ever
I bought this movie thinking in De Niro and Norton but the fact is, I wasted my money. Some characters are really useless in the end, Jojovich doesn't appear (I don't konw what... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Master Card
3.0 out of 5 stars IT's OK
I Love Edward Norton in anything, and I'm a huge fan of Robert Deniro! Can't go wrong renting this movie!
Published 4 months ago by Susan W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is really free and who is really imprisoned?
I knew from reviews before watching Stone that it was not going to be what I first expected. I would have thoroughly enjoyed a prison show-down movie, but this was an altogether... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrea M Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG - More of Edward Norton
I am a huge Edward Norton fan. This movie shows the extent of his acting skills. Great actor and great movie!
Published 7 months ago by Marcia
3.0 out of 5 stars Head Scratcher
Well, Norton proves once again that he's an actor. What a chameleon this guy is! He's really enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published 8 months ago by taaj
5.0 out of 5 stars LOST
In the end, they were ALL lost--except Stone, who'd found meaning somehow in the swirling vortex of entropy in this world . . .
"... listen, really listen..."
Published 9 months ago by Ann Lohman
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