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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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Well portrayed by all involved. Whats really suprised me was the almost even split amongst the star ratings for this movie.
Interesting and thought provoking to say the least. Worthwhile- at least for me.
Edward Norton, as usual turned in a great performance.
I think with all the film's focus on religion, right and wrong, how, and why, the point of the movie was quite simple.
There was something very wrong in De Niro's marriage, and with De Niro. His wife smoked and drank very heavily while siting at the kitchen table, reading the bible.
I think the opening scene, early in their marriage, where De Niro threatens to throw their young daughter out the window if his wife left him, showed the fear of abandonment he had, and his vulnerability to Norton's wife, a scary narcissist, later in the movie. Yes.
And with all the philosophical pondering on Norton's part especially, make no mistake, he is just like every inmate doing hard time that gets buff, and finds religion, basically because there is nothing else to do in prison.
De Niro and his wife were using religion to emotionally "hang on for dear life" in their bleak existence. Norton and his wife were simply practical, and Norton's newly found "religion", did not stop him or his wife, who just used their complimentary pathologies to zero in on Di Nero's particular vulnerabilities to get what they wanted, with the expertise that afforded them both
He plays a fork of a Willy Lomax type character. And he does it well, even mandible the could - have - easily - been - disgusting - Sex scene's ambivalence.
But Ed Norton... As he USED TO DO... really steals the limelight by 80% in. Really he had the center stage at half way.
But the end of the movie, it continues the feeling of perseverance without a trajectory.
And so the credits roll and i felt... Just me, now, but i felt like "that was kinda thought provoking bit i già you have to decide if you give a shot and want to ponder the endless mono cyclical innuendos and intimations about transcendence... And la of humanity... But without any type of 1. Cloud Hanger, or 2. Consequence to extract some incite from.
In other words, they end up exactly the papa that they were, and in the LEAD characters case you know how persons and integrity and who the irony of the entire movie, by the culmination of Scene #1.
Ed Norton plays Stone, a convict who is locked-up for arson. He doesn't have all of his marbles and has some serious delusions-of-grandeur. His parole officer, Jack (Robert DeNiro) is supposed to be the adult in the room who keeps him in line. Problem is, one wonders if Jack might be even more looney than Stone!
For starters, when Jack's wife threatens to leave him, he responds by threatening to kill their daughter. When I saw this, I thought to myself "Boy, what a whack-job." A few scenes later the camera zoomed-in on Jack's university of Michigan class ring. I thought to myself "Ah, that explains a lot. NO WONDER he's such a whackjob!" The Unabomber would be proud.
Milla Jovovich portrays Lucetta, Stone's nympho wife who will do virtually anything to secure an early-out for her husband. That includes becoming involved with Jack & attempting to "prod" him towards the outcome she wants.
The shining star of the film Milla Jovovich. She does an outstanding job of taking on the role of a Michigander. I mean, you close your eyes while watching the film & just listen to her & it's like she actually is(!) a Michigander! Being from MI myself, this was very flattering. Oh, and Milla looks terrific while she's topless too. ;-)
If you're in the mood for an off-the-wall psychological thriller where the entire movie is bereft of anyone who can be called "sane" then STONE is for you. If you're a fan of one of the 3 main thespians in the film, then I would recommend it to you as well. If your interests fall outside of these 2 demographics, then watching this movie will likely feel like you're doing hard time.