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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Milla Jovovich, Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton all give stellar performances in this totally pointless, plotless film. It is the actors alone who carry this film, because there's nothing else there. Every time the film seems like maybe it's finally going somewhere, it pulls the plug and deflates. It does this over and over again. This movie isn't about anything. There is a nihilistic nothingness at its center that is truly depressing to see. The most common line you will read about this film is that an inmate is using his wife to help con the parole officer into letting him out. Not even that basic statement is true. In fact, there is no underlying framework to this movie at all. It's filled with people that have meaningless lives, saying and doing meaningless things, and by the end of the film it's impossible to say exactly what happened or didn't happen. Edward Norton should have won best actor for his role, no contest. But the great acting is about the only good thing to say about this film.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Robert DeNiro and Ed Norton are two of the best actors alive. And this film really had the potential to be challenging to everyone watching it. As it turns out, it is really just a big mish-mash of ethical thought experiments that never even brush up to a cohesive idea or conclusion.

I think the film-makers were trying to explore good and evil and examine the line dividing those who should be locked up and those who are to remain free. What is a good-guy? Does he go to church? Does he keep the same wife and job for 50 years plus? Is that what we consider good? What is bad? A man who commits a crime and is locked up for it? What this movie tries to show us is that both men, in fact even the women are all pitiable, horrible, cowardly stumps of human depravity. The "good" guy devolves into a monster (though the film reveals that he really has always been a monster) and the "bad" guy is shown to be not so bad after all. We are left with something akin to: there is no good, there is no bad, there's just us. Hurrah, let me watch this one again and again until grey is all I see.

Oddly enough, Milla Jovovich gives the most compelling and believable performance in the film. Norton and DeNiro both are left looking silly and several times I was aware that they were acting, which I would have thought impossible for them. Norton was especially bad. But in his defense I cannot think of an actor who could pull off such a silly role.

Don't know if my opinion will be enough to keep DeNiro and Norton fans from wasting their time, but at least now you've been warned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
This movie came fine and the packaging was fine. The movie was horrible.
I wanted to see this for a very long time and never could find it, so I bought it. I now know the universe was telling me something.
Two men, one woman,horrible people, no remorse, no plot. Two great actors taking a role beneath them. yuck.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
Worst De Niro movie I have ever seen. You wait for 2.5 hrs for something to happen and it never does.
The idea of this movie is great, but the way it is showed (horrible).
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Stone, by John Curran, is the story of an inmate (Edward Norton) trying to be paroled. Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro), a parole officer, is days away from retirement and has to decide Stone's fate. Stone's wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), gets involved and does what she can to aid the process.

The DVD's special features include trailers and the making of the movie. The film is 105 minutes long, and offers Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, English and Spanish subtitles, and anamorphic widescreen presentation.

This "superbly crafted, smartly acted, suspense-filled thriller" (Susan Granger) starts off slow and barely gains any speed. There was nothing likable about the flawed characters, nor could I relate to them. The storyline was predictable and dull; if this wasn't a vine review I wouldn't have even finished watching the movie. The talented and well known actors just couldn't save this film.

If you are looking for a suspense filled thriller, look elsewhere.

PROS:
The case and packaging is recyclable

CONS:
Slow story line
Unlikable characters
Predictable and dull
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
I thought I would like this movie because of the actors, but I simply hated the plot. It was a waste of my time and money to watch it. :-(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
I only gave this movie 1 star because there isnt a lower option.
Dont waste your, time or money on this movie.
I thought because all the great actors this movie had in it, that this was a guarentee.
Ughhhhhhhhhh I would rather go on a celery/broccoli diet then watch this movie again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
Despite the previews I'd seen and the great cast, this movie was a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. It's slow-moving to the point of boredom.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 12, 2011
Format: DVDVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
For some reason, Amazon will not post my lengthy review about how horrible this movie is. I'm suspecting it's because I'm honest and thoughtful about why this movie has so many problems. So, I guess I'll have to wrap up my 500 word review with this brief attempt: "Stone" is one of the worst films I've seen in years. Terrible script, ponderous acting, predictable storyline, and awful editing. Walk away from this movie!

Anyone interested in reading my full review, let me know.
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on February 10, 2013
This film is drawn out completely, plot is not formulated clearly and goes no where. It is a true waste of time. The clips in the trailer are about as best as it gets. I was not impressed with it. Less impressed that Norton, Milo, and DeNiro would attach themselves to this ridiculously, horribly written film. Very dissapointed. DO NOT SEE IT.
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