A big fan of both Robert De Niro and Edward Norton seeing them work together in a previous film called The SCORE it was almost a must to see how this one would play out.
This film directed by John Curran, written by Angus MacLachlan, starring Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro, produced by David Mimran, Jordan Schur, and Holly Weirsma. This is the story of Parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) who has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he's been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald "Stone" Creeson (Edward Norton), a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially reluctant to indulge Stone in the coarse banter he wishes to pursue and feels little sympathy for the prisoner's pleads for an early release. Seeing little hope in convincing Jack himself, Stone arranges for his wife Lucetta (Milla Jovovich) to seduce the officer, but motives and intentions steadily blur amidst the passions and buried secrets of the corrupted players in this deadly game of deception. Written by The Massie Twins
As I watched this film I began to see it was a bit more complex than your typical prison drama or deception turns one's life into shambles. This film took an approach and topic not much used in mainstream films and turned it into a piece that really made you think. That topic resolves around the HUGE question of the meaning of our lives here on earth. Are things meant to be, or do we have any influences on the outcomes of our lives.
The performances of both De Niro and Norton were typical greatness yet the films final resolution after tackling such an enormous subject left me wanting something a bit more substantial in an ending, I mean come make a statement. That said I give this film 3 STARS
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