Convict Stone (Norton) tries to persuade his correctional officer (De Niro) to grant him parole using his wife (Jovovich) as bait.
Peculiar that this is straight-to-disc, as it’s an engrossing, timely drama with mesmeric performances. Edward Norton is the titular convict, trying to persuade Robert De Niro’s correctional officer to grant him parole — with a little help from a seductive Milla Jovovich… De Niro and Norton are brilliant in their philosophical back-and-forth and Jovovich simply sensational — a livewire, shocking performance from the zombie-killing queen. See it.
Released: 28 March 2011
An 11-minute featurette — curiously lacking any input from director John Curran — and snippets of interviews. Disappointing.
Great performances from the cast in this engrossing drama. Don't be put off by the straight-to-DVD connotations.
Reviewed by Nev Pierce
|Interesting and involving|
A interesting allegory about judgement and rightousness, spirituality and god in his many forms. All four of the movies main characters start the movie with their own belief, or lack of belief. The movie throws them all through the wringer, and analyzes how they get through and out the other side.
Norton once again is excellent, and Bob shows once again why he is one of the best actors ever to grace our screens. Top this off with a decent Jovovich performance and you have an intelligent, and th... More
Posted by danielthompson99 at 20:19, 29 November 2012 | Report This Post
|The World in Hypocritical Action.|
Stone's an absorbing philosophical piece about people who sit in judgement and how hard it is to forgive evil. I don't think I've seen a film like it since Monster's Ball, which is also not an easy film to like or watch again, but a far more challenging and rewarding experience than most other movies. ... More
Posted by rednairb at 14:26, 06 June 2011 | Report This Post
Boring and a bit pointless. The acting is NOT great Empire, while the script is extremely poor. I watched it to the end, but 10% of my mind was enough to follow it while I got on with something more useful / interesting. Norton is fast becoming annoying while De Niro sleep-walks through the film, only coming alive once to tell "Stone" to "sit the f*ck down" in a scene that totally went against his character's behaviour and mentality before that. Not even beautiful Milla could... More
Posted by Hillsman at 15:10, 22 April 2011 | Report This Post
I don't know how this above reviewer can give Stone four stars. Is he personal friends with somebody associated with the picture? I know why this film went straight to dvd and it is simply because it is a very poor film that nobody in their right mind would pay hard earned money to watch in the cinema. Edward Norton mumbles his way through a very pedestrian script. Roberd De Niro and Frances Conroy are also wasted in this turgid and predictable dross. The story is weak and the chatcterisation is... More
Posted by raymond brogan at 17:20, 04 April 2011 | Report This Post
Empire, you've given this movie four stars but haven't said one bad thing about the movie - surely Stone should be granted 5 stars?? ... More
Posted by umer_ejaz at 12:17, 28 March 2011 | Report This Post