Saturday, January 5, 2013

STONE COLD (2005)

For the last week I've been on a "Magnum, P. I." kick on Netflix and it got me to thinking about Tom Selleck and what he's been up too the last few years.  So after a quick peak on IMDb I discovered that he's made a whole series of TV movies with him playing Jesse Stone the troubled police chief of the small New England town of Paradise.  Sounds relevant to my interests, so I rented the first one and holy panther titties it was pretty damn good!

As the film opens a dead body is found near the ocean.  The victim has been shot twice in the chest and Jesse has a bad feeling about it.  At the same time a teenage girl is gang raped, but refuses to press charges against the perpetrators.  Then another dead body turns up...and another.  It's up to Stone to get to the bottom of all this.  Oh and also he just got a new dog.

The pace of STONE COLD is pretty slow, but a slow pace actually benefits the effect of the film on the viewer.  It gives you time to think and try to understand what's going on beneath the surface.  Small town, simple lives, a police chief haunted by past demons, an ex-wife, a high-powered female lawyer who wants to jump his bones and a intelligent, but unhinged killer on the loose.  Great stuff.

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed STONE COLD, but even then it was flawed in that it was television movie.  It wasn't as polished as a larger budgeted studio film would be, the objectionable content was toned way down and end credits were just terrible.  That said, I still really like the film and I can't wait to watch the other movies in the series.  Recommended.

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