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As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both.--This text refers to the DVD edition.
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The film was a slow burner and a haunting score added to the tension and feeling something big was instore for the characters. The performances were good I thought, and testament to this is the fact that De Niro was outperformed by his co stars, Norton and Jovovich.
I found myself ingrossed to begin with as the story played out - and with an underlying theme of religion and sprirituality - I was truly expecting something of biblical proportions to wrap things up. Sadly though, the film just kind of fizzled out.
For me, the film started well and looked promising, but in the end failed to deliver anything spectacular and although enjoyable in places but lacked any sort of meaningful resolution and failed to deliver the final bang we were lead to believe was instore.
The Blu ray wa good quality but the extars were rubbish - just a making of documentary and a couple of very short, rubbish interviews. I would say there is very little reason for the extra outlay on Blu Ray so save some money and get it on DVD if you decide to buy it. But think twice about as I only give it a score of 3 out of 5. In fact, I don't even think this film was released at the cinemas; says a lot.
The movie asks questions about the seemingly contradiction of free will vs. God's will. If God has a master plan, then aren't our wrong doings part of it? If so, should we regret our sins?
In what appears to be a role reversal De Niro places a parole officer and Edward Norton a prisoner. Early on we find out that De Niro has some anger management problems. As a child he hit his brother in the head with a hammer and threatened to kill his daughter if his wife left him. He is the parole officer who judges people.
Norton plays a convict who started a fire to cover up a crime committed by his cousin. His nickname is "Stone." Stone, according to the new religion of Norton is the beginning phase of a soul. We all start out as stones and work our way up to humans as part of the eternal process. His simple questions and answers cause De Niro to think and examine his own life and religious belief.
Milla's religious views come out late in the movie, and they too have an effect on De Niro. Much of the movie consists of various conversations with very little action. The background radio chatter of a religion station sets the mood. If you know how to listen, God will talk to you. Sex, nudity, f-bomb and a few other expletives that surprised me.
Milla is extremely sensual in this film: Her eyes, raised eyebrow, lips, smile, mannerisms, nudity, and especially her whispers.
Jack Mabry ( Robert De Niro ) has done his job for over 40 years and has allays played by the rules, his world is about to be turned upside down when he commences an assessment of 'Gerald' known as 'Stone' ( Edward Norton )
'Stone's' wife 'Lucetta' played by 'Mila Jovovich' wears 'Jack's' resolve to play by the rules down by her persistent and inappropriate contact with him.
There appears to be no limit to what she'll do to influence 'Jack'
This is not the fastest moving film you'll see, however it's worth at least watching.(Better than critics suggest)
DeNiro and the sometimes brilliant Edward Norton star in this average psychologist drama film, which accidentally veers onto black comedy. They pair up again after the excellent 'The Score' in 2001, with DeNiro's films having been not so good since then.
It starts off very well, being serious and powerful in the unsaid. Then psychologist DeNiro meets 'Stone', a white man with braids - a street talking criminal. Stone is detestable, comical and odd - and that is what the film becomes (Ali-G anyone?). However, I still think DeNiro puts in a rateable role, and this should please a some DeNiro fans.
Mila Jovovich (Resident Evil) also stars, with her perfect teeth, as Stone's dirty girlfriend. The racy elements aren't sexy and add to the film's awkwardness.
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