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Stone Cold (2005)
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by Cochise

"A good character piece about a strong-silent type."
4 stars

This made-for-TV movie is well worth watching. And, even if it had been a theatrical release, it would have been well worth the admission price.

WARNING - In order to review this film and discuss its meaning, I have to reveal the ending. So . . . if you don't want to know what happens in the end, please don't read this until after you have seen the film.

The plot is simple. A cop from the big city is now working in the small town of Paradise, Mass. He must deal with some serial murders. The film is about how he solves them. I liked the idea that the audience becomes ahead of Jesse – we get the pleasure of watching him discover the killers.

Jesse, played by Tom Selleck, is the hero of the film. The writer did not give Jesse a character arc as he does not change much. I don’t think a character arc is needed, however, as I feel the film is a study of how Jesse is, not what he may develop into.

Jesse has old fashioned values. We see this in the way he deals with the rape case. Jesse is very kind to the young girl, and does a lot to make her life easier. He doesn’t want the rapists to get off, and gives them community service so he can make sure they work hard. He talks of beating them up, but says that he won’t really do that. And we know he wouldn’t. The sub-plot of the rape was an excellent. It gave substance to the film and helped to show that Jesse is a caring as well as moral person.

His capture of the killers was very brave. He wore a bullet-proof vest, taking the risk that the killers would stick to their usual M.O. If they had changed it, and shot him in the head, would he not have survived their attack.

Tom Selleck was a good casting choice as he brings a certain authority to the film. Solid actors can do this.

The other characters do not have any character development, and this did bother me. Possibly a change in one of the characters could have been used as a contrast to Jesse’s stoic and unchanging character.

The killers are a stereotype – they act creepy and weird – anyone would tell they are not normal.

One character that is especially worth mentioning is Reggie, played by Joe the dog. He was a real character in the film. I felt he adapted Jesse rather than the other way around. The dog came across as a dignified and strong character adding his strength to Jesse.

The setting of the film in Paradise, Mass. is an excellent choice. The coldness of the landscape came across very strongly and added to the sense of foreboding and mystery in the film. Because the story took place in a small town, the film-makers could concentrate on the people and avoid big action scenes. There were no stupid car chases or big gun battles to distract us from the mystery.

The climax of the film is quite good. The murderers are shot and killed quickly, which seems realistic. There is no long drawn out gun battle, and, particularly, there was no long beat where Jesse is pointing the gun at the man and is tempted to kill him. That sort of thing would have spoiled the film and been out of character for Jesse.

The film is only 83 minutes long, which was perfect. It was just long enough to be entertaining without boring me with extra chase scenes and extended shoot-outs. It just goes to show one does not need bang-bang shoot-em-ups with extensive wire work and CGI to make a good film.

If you’re bored with most movies, you will be glad to see this one. Don’t miss it.

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User Comments

10/03/16 Tony Lieder I have watched all 8 Jesse Stone movies hopefully there will be more to come! 5 stars
10/19/09 Chuck Tibbs One killer shot - one punched in the mouth. See the film. not the only error. See the film. 4 stars
2/25/07 J. Johnson Perfect character for Sellek since Magnum with interesting results. 4 stars
4/27/06 Debra Poirier I think it is great . I think Tom Selleck is great in this part .Very talented Tom Selleck 5 stars
2/05/06 Jack Irvine Selleck has the same 'I would like him in anything' feel as say, Sylvester Stallone 4 stars
8/29/05 R.W. Welch Small town cop flick beats your average TV movie, but nothing special. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  20-Feb-2005 (R)
  DVD: 28-Jun-2005

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Directed by
  Robert Harmon

Written by
  John Fasano
  Michael Brandman

Cast
  Tom Selleck
  Mimi Rogers
  Jane Adams
  Reg Rogers
  Viola Davis
  Alexis Dziena



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