EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|STONE (director: John Curran; screenwriter: Angus MacLachan; cinematographer: Maryse Alberti; editor: Alexandre de Franceschi; cast: (Jack Mabry), (Stone), (Lucetta), (Madylyn), Peter Lewis (Warden); Runtime: 105; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Jordan Schur/David J. Mimran/Holly Wiersma; Overture Films; 2010)|
|"Seems as weary as the Detroit
parole caseworker Robert De Niro plays."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A well-crafted but downer melodrama that has little power,
offers a ham-fisted take on religion
through evangelistic talk radio
played throughout and seems as weary as the Detroit parole
caseworker Robert De Niro plays.
John Curran ("Praise"/"We Don't Live There Anymore"/"The Painted Veil")
weakly directs the
thinly-written character study that's insipidly scripted by Angus
MacLachan ("Junebug" writer).
Suburban living Jack Mabry (), a bad egg who no longer believes in God
even though he wants to and someone who gained a modicum of
respectability on his job for his dedication, is retiring
from his parole officer job at a Detroit prison (filmed at the State Prison of
Southern Michigan, which was once the world's largest walled
prison before it closed). The glum Jack's last case is with a
chatty, menacing ghetto talking hipster sleazebag with cornrows and
multiple tattoos, Gerald "Stone"
Norton), an arsonist who served over eight years and while up for
parole tries to manipulate the damaged goods family man of forty-three
years by conveniently setting him up with his slutty, daffy wife Lucetta (). That Jack takes the bait, shows he's also
a creep. When Stone is released, he pays Jack back by burning down his
house. Not willing to start over with hubby, wifey ends the loveless
marriage and leaves him a lonely broken man.
We're supposed to be reminded
that the parole officer is a hypercritical pig because he lectured the
convict to 'take responsibility for his actions,' but never does for
his two dastardly deeds we witness (the other was forcing his unhappy
wife Madylyn (), when he was a young man, to not leave
him or he would harm their daughter).
Not much registers here
besides all the angst and depression, and a storyline that seems flat.
It was about as enjoyable as spending a 105 minutes in prison.
REVIEWED ON 11/24/2010 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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