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Stone trailer with DeNiro, Norton and Jovovich

Stone.jpgJohn Curran's next film has a new trailer. Stone starring Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy looked set to be an interesting thriller with a nice con going on, however the new trailer for Stone puts in a few extra levels to it.

Initially I thought I had Stone figured out, but this trailer might put pay to that idea. The film tells the story of a parole officer who is investigating a convicted arsonist to see if they are worthy of a parole recommendation. The prisoner isn't playing it straight though, he's using his wife to try and manipulate the officer into a situation where he has to make the recommendation.

Now I thought that plot write-up was giving far too much away, but I don't think now. The previous trailer already set-up that situation and I thought that might be how the film played out, until I saw this new trailer.

Here's a new blurb for the film that tells us a bit more about it:

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 and written by Angus McLachlan.

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 as Lucetta, Stone's sexy, casually amoral wife, and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy 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.

Sounds interesting, but give the trailer a go as well as it seems to suggest there's some double, and perhaps triple, crossing going on, or maybe that's just the clever editing of the trailer. However Stone does look set to be a pretty decent thriller.

Here's the trailer for Stone from Apple Trailers:

I do find it interesting that the recent comments from Marvel that suggested Edward Norton was difficult why John Curran would work with the man for a second film in a row, especially after The Painted Veil which would have been much harder to shoot than The Incredible Hulk. If the actor was half the trouble that Marvel had claimed I think that Curran could have easily chosen someone else.



STILL MORE pointless, circle-jerk cultural incest
from the talented, LONG rich Ed Norton


such events as the staggeringly significant,
urgently relevant 60th Anniversary of the KOREAN WAR
are again 'mysteriously overlooked'.



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