on the surface, Jack and Madylyn was just like any long-married couple who were approaching retirement. they went to church, read bibles together at home, living a peaceful and perfect life. Jack worked as a parole officer, deciding who shall be released and who shall remained in the prison. he was given a prisoner named Stone, who served 10-15 years of sentence for being at the crime scene when his grandparents were killed. the more they talked, Stone revealed more and more details at the scene of his grandparents' murder. during visits, Stone told his wife Lucetta, to approach Jack and persuade him to have Stone release. after a few visits and many persistent phone calls, Jack met up with Lucetta, which also indicated the start of an affair. at the same time, Stone suddenly had a spiritual experience which made him felt all content and happy.
despite all the big casts, the film turned out to be confusing and slow paced. from the title, we expected much from the guy playing Stone. but we were disappointed to find him neither the good guy nor the bad guy as the character failed to make an impression on us, failed to make us feel connected. despite the storyline being presented circling prison, it was mostly god related as they explored the meaning of life and searching for the presence of god. there were no cohesion, weak background stories with an incomplete ending, the film may be interesting, but never entertaining.
some backgrounds on the movie:
- director: John Curran
- released: 2010
- casts: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy, Rachel Loiselle
- language: English
- genre: Drama/Thriller