Saturday, January 5, 2013


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 bullshit.  Oh yeah, he 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 an 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, sometimes cheesy dialogue and end credits were just terrible.  That said, I still really like the film and I'm looking forward to watching the other movies in the series.  Recommended.

Part 2 - Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006)
Part 3 - Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)
Part 4 - Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007)
Part 5 - Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009)
Part 6 - Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)
Part 7 - Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011)
Part 8 - Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012)
Part 9 - Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (2015)