John J. Curran infuses seemingly every shot of his drama Stone
with the foreboding weightiness of Greek tragedy. He’s aiming for something like Sophocles, but he ends up with something sophomoric.
Soon-to-be-retired, heavy-drinking probation officer Jack (Robert De Niro) already has his mind on the golf course. He’s passed off all his long-term cases, and is only following through on the last few as they come up for parole. One of these cases is Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Edward Norton), an arsonist with both a chip on his shoulder and a nymphomaniacal wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), whom Stone encourages to contact Jack. She follows orders, and soon en...