DVD - 2011
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"Jack Mabry (De Niro), a parole officer days away from retirement, is asked to review the case of Gerald 'Stone' Creeson (Norton).Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man's decision with his beautiful wife Lucetta (Milla Jovovich) have profound and unexpected effects on them both. As betrayal and corruption interweave the parallel journeys of the two men, the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin in this 'gritty and engrossing thriller' (Steve O'Brien, WCBS-FM)"--Container.
Publisher: St-Laurent, Québec : Videoville Showtime, ♭2011.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.


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Apr 06, 2021

Is this an ... exciting movie? Not especially.
Is it ... action-filled? (with Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich you might expect this, but...) No.

Why then? It's a fascinating and absorbing psychological drama.
So it's a performance movie.
The story's about ... change. Knowing you need to make it, realizing when the moment is right to make it, and then...having a desire so great to make that change that you actually follow through, without any guarantee of the future.

All four of the main characters here--the prison parole officer (De Niro), his long-suffering wife (a haunting performance by Golden-Globe winner--Six Feet Under--Frances Conroy), the convict up for parole (Norton) and his girl-friend (Jovovich)--are handed the opportunity if they see it and seize it.

The story--and movie--is really Norton's, as "Stone" the convict. And watching him change his personality and behaviour's a real treat.

Jun 13, 2020

Interesting movie. Robert De Niro and Milla Jovovich are fantastic. I've never liked Edward Norton in any movie, and he is the main character in this one, so that's part of why my low rating. But mainly, the movie says "let's be introspective without making a point." It's a zen fufu Hollywoodized approach. I like movies that go out on a limb and make a point.

May 28, 2020

See it.

May 26, 2020

Ran across this title but recall only vaguely how the film progressed and forgot how it ended. So, time to rewatch and this time added those hard to fathom quotes in the script, such as "Zukangor, The Sound and Life God." Well worth a 2nd viewing.

Original comment on Apr 18, 2011:
Great leading actors and actress. A few shocking and enlightening moments. The rest of the time, the script is harder to fathom.

Aug 11, 2019

Wow!! All that was shown and heard, not embracing and following the truth will indeed be the downfall in the end. Much to ponder on indeed. It could have been done without the visual lusty sex acts however I'm guessing they were pivotal in getting people's attentions for this particular story.

May 06, 2019

Great movie; great actors!

N.B.: Some expletives throughout the movie...

Jan 20, 2017

Brilliant film to watch for anyone in discovery of ones' self. Mixed episodes of psychological, spiritual and societal norms. Don't be in a hurry to get through this one as it is slow and confusing at times, but definitely worth the wait.

Aug 05, 2016

Aug 4 2016, I ordered this movie because I wanted to see Ed Norton in something else. (I had just watched 'The Illusionist")......Two very different roles, and I found both believable.....pretty good acting I think. But.....this movie pretty much was a loser for me. I have to agree that the sex scenes were just creepy, and I'm just not too sure what happened in the end. Maybe I fell asleep for a bit and missed something? Anyway, skip this one, or just save it for a time when you have absolutely nothing better to do!

Dec 04, 2013

Three excellent actors, if you include the wife. Biggest problem I saw: Jack was less than believable. Anyone who has worked in the penal system (as I have) would be offended by his portrayal as an inept, foolish old man. Just doesn't happen that way. But, that said, De Niro did well with the mushy script he had to work with.
Next serious flaw: the so-called Christian theme underlying the plot. "Be still and know that I am God" was described as an ancient Scripture that simply means that God moves in a mysterious way? Psalm 46 is a whole lot more than that. The interpretation is irritating and stupid. What King David was really saying: shut up long enough to receive inspiration from God, Who will answer all questions, bestow all knowledge, and give thee answer to your prayers. The movie left the blind leading the blind, to where Jack had little or no understanding of what Stone was trying to say, and zero comprehension as to how to correct his misconstruction of what life, sin, repentance and real Christianity is all about. I went away with the notion that the folks creating this film intentionally panned religion and the penal system in general. THAT makes the whole effort phony, and dishonest.

Erock216 Nov 30, 2012

Loved this movie 'cause it really put you in the vantage point of both main characters & see who in the end was the master manipulator.

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May 26, 2020

Man looks on the outward appearance. God looks on the heart. And certainly the heart of a man does matter, because out of the abundance
of the heart the mouth speaks... Only in the choices that God decides to present to us.
Well, no, I'm not saying that. I'm saying that I just believe that we're automatons... and here's the deal: I did not choose to be born...
- This is very very serious.
...and I cannot choose to be born again.
How long you get to keep judgin' a person for one had thing they done?
you know how we're all toxic and stuff, right, with like all the microwaves
and cell phones and all that weird stuff flying through the air. So it all builds up inside of you, right, and it makes you all achy and upset-and it can give you brain tumors, really- I mean, it kills people.
I'm all into the body, you know, and for me if the body's feeling good, the mind just follows, you know?

May 26, 2020

He lived right. He lived right. He was... What more could you s- want people to say about you?
Your soul- it started out as a mineral or a pebble, and then it was reincarnated as a plant, then as a fish, birds, animals and so on. You had to work your way up to being a human. Know what it's been doing, your soul?
- Hmm, what?
It's been paying off debts - past sins from past lives, reducing its burden from one life to the next.
We're all God's co-workers.
I think that the choices, the idea of free will, and the fact that we have freedom of choice... The reality of the times we live in, this notion that- this angst that a lot of people are feeling in this country, that we've gone through some sort of fundamental transformation...

May 26, 2020

Sin comes naturally to us from our birth. We-we- it's inbred in us. We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners. Even if you lived a life of perfect righteousness, you deserve hell. You know why? Because "all of our righteousnesses," Isaiah says, "are as filthy rags. "

Sometimes the thoughts that I have, feelings... But, uh, sometimes I just think maybe you should shoot me or something. Well, I don't believe that
that's what God wants for you. Well, what does he want? I wish I had a simple answer for you. I'm not sure what God wants for you. Is there anything... There's an old Biblical passage that says... "Be still and know that I am God. " Which is a way of saying sometimes God does, um, speak to us in mysterious ways.

May 26, 2020

The sound of God, like the bible talk shows in rural areas where Jack lives:

"Zukangor, The Sound and Life God. "
-Yeah, you know it?
-They say the sound part come first. They say, when you experience a spiritual truth, that it comes to you as a sound that goes through you, changes your vibration, gets you back in the harmony. Like God's tuning fork or something... And then, if you let that happen to you, then you get the light, you get an illumination or you get illumination or something.

I wouldn't know about that. I'm an Episcopalian.
They say it starts with small things, like little sounds, little vibrations, like a-just like a buzzing electric light or rushing water or the sound of a bee or...
- Yeah?
Yeah. And then it grows. But there's no priest or nothing. it's not like a religion. There's just this one dude named Arnold who's the Zukmaster...

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