Trailer watch: Milla Jovovich shines in Stone

Robert DeNiro falls for the grace of Milla Jovovich.

They seemed to have polished the trailer for this one. Stone did not look good the first time I saw it. But it has certainly developed nicely with this new trailer. The film is directed by John Curran and written by the guy behind Junebug. So ideally it should not go wrong.

The film stars Robert DeNiro as a seasoned correction officer who must deal with a scheming inmate played by Edward Norton and his girlfriend played by Milla Jovovich. The film seems to be a good platform for her to show her wares.

Here is an official synopsis. Forget what you saw in the last couple of trailers. This one will straighten you out.

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.

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John has a keen sense of what ticks in the world of film. He can also be seen in three distinct short film titled Woken Shell, The Tea Shop in the Moon and The Waiting. Cinema has been the basic diet he has been on for the last 10 years. His personality can be judged by the choices of his films.


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