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'Stone Cold' DVD Review ** 100405
The Work = **
It seems he used to be a big city homicide detective that got worn down by the work. Selleck brings an air of credibility to a character that doesn’t have a heck of a lot in the film to flesh him out with. He is a calm, steadfast man on the surface but his worn face shows someone who has seen too much death and hardships. He just wants to work in Paradise and relax in quiet.
'Stone Cold' parallels Stone's story with that of the story of who committed the crimes and why. I will leave that story for you to discover but will mention that it seemed a bit underdeveloped to me. I will also mention that the cast surrounding Selleck is very strong including Mimi Rogers, Jane Adams and Reg Rogers. All the players seem to be giving it their all and I suspect part of that has to do with Selleck’s supposedly very collaborative attitude.
What unfolds is a murder mystery that follows Chief Stone as the tension increases around him. He drinks, probably too much, wants to solve the case himself, and keeps the media out. As he digs deeper obstacles pile up around him and local town officials become increasingly skeptical of his abilities. This is a man who is used to being in charge but may be in way, way, over his head.
There was one moment in 'Stone Cold' that I must admit really bothered me. In an incident separate from the murders, a young girl is raped. Her attacker is beaten by her father in front of Chief Stone. The attacker and his father say they are going to sue. Chief Stone lies and says the girl’s father was defending himself.
Now, if Stone’s character had been different or if this fit better with the movie it might not have bothered me but somehow it just didn’t fit with the film. (The whole subplot while handled ok for the most part just didn’t seem to be necessary in this film.) If Stone was going to lie I wish it had been set up better. (Ie: perhaps he did stuff like that when he was working homicide or maybe there could have been a stronger theme of the law vs justice.) It is a minor note overall but it did bother me.
I can’t say I minded 'Stone Cold' but I’m not sure that I will ever watch it again either. For what it is worth there have certainly been worse films released in theaters. I can’t quite recommend it but if you are a fan of Selleck or curious it is probably worth checking out.
DVD = ***
All Together = **
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