Almost a year ago, someone leaked a Red Band trailer for John Curran’s “Stone”, starring Milla Jovovich as a faithful wife who seduces Robert De Niro in order to get him to help out her convict husband played by Edward Norton. This official, finally released-at-last trailer for “Stone” is pretty much the same trailer (minus the gratuitous boobies). The film is listed as an October 8, 2010 release, but I’m guessing limited theatrical run before it goes straight to DVD. Despite the big names attached, it looks like the studio is ready to sink this one like a stone. Get it? Ahem.
Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Oscar® nominee Edward Norton deliver powerful performances as a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined in Stone, a thought-provoking drama directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and written by Angus McLachlan (Junebug). As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both. Stone skillfully weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin. The film’s superb ensemble features Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) as Lucetta, Stone’s sexy, casually amoral wife, and Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Madylyn, Jack’s devout, long-suffering spouse. Set against the quiet desperation of an economically ravaged community and the stifling brutality of a maximum security prison, this tale of passion, betrayal and corruption examines the fractured lives of two volatile men breaking from their troubled pasts to face uncertain futures.
Starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy, and directed by John Curran.
Drop the stone October 8, 2010.