Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stone - DVD Review


Starring Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich and Frances Conroy.
Directed by John Curran.

Stone seems to be a movie with a lot on its mind, but it isn't going to share what that is.

The plot seems basic enough. Jack (DeNiro) is a prison warden interviewing a punk convict named Stone (Norton). Stone has cornrows and a Southern accent, and not for one second did I buy the character from Norton. Stone has a sultry wife named Lucetta who seems willing to use her feminine wiles to persuade Jack to recommend Stone for parole.

Jack is married, lovelessly so, as we see in the first scene as a young man he threatened to kill their daughter after his wife asked for a divorce. The wife (Frances Conroy) is still there years later, and we can tell her soul was crushed long ago.

Jack listens to conservative religious radio to and from work, looking for something and not finding it. He gives in to Lucetta, but Stone has found new peace from a New Age philosophy he's found in prison. Jack now wonders just how dangerous Stone is.

Whatever its themes are, I didn't get. Maybe it means to say that finding meaning in life is pointless. It fizzles and fades before anything really happens.

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