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Stone (2010)
April 17, 2011, 9:17 pm
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Director: John Curran

Among the biggest surprises of 2010, Stone‘s marketing campaign suggested that it was a familiar genre piece used only as a cross-generational acting showcase for its two stars, Edward Norton and Robert De Niro. Instead, the film is about two spiritual resurrections. A despondent husband with violent outbursts, De Niro’s parole officer is forcefully removed from his apathetic slumber when met with Norton’s prisoner, who is applying for his release. After Norton enlists his kinky wife, played by Milla Jovovich, to the task of seducing De Niro, the film undergoes its most startling development when Norton becomes transfixed by a religion in which, through the act of meditated listening, followers adapt themselves into “tuning forks of God.” With religious talk radio inhabiting much of the soundtrack, Stone is a heavy-handed, but refreshingly ambitious pulp thriller.

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