Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Sony || NR - 87 minutes - $24.96 || July 27, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-07-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Robert Harmon
Writer(s): Robert B. Parker (characters); Tom Selleck & Michael Brandman
Cast: Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, Kohl Sudduth, Stephen McHattie, Krista Allen, William Sadler, Mae Whitman, Saul Rubinek, William Devane


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Back in 2005, CBS aired Stone Cold, an introductory made-for-TV movie of author Robert B. Parkerís character, Jesse Stone and starring Tom Selleck as an ex-LAPD detective fired for being drunk on the job. He applied for a position as Chief of Police in Paradise, Massachusetts, a small town with only two deputies and a city council as shady as anyone in Washington D.C.

The movie was apparently popular enough spawning five sequels (Night Passage, Death in Paradise, Sea Change and Thin Ice) including the latest, No Remorse, the strongest of a series that was already on solid ground to begin with.

The plot this go around finds Chief Jesse Stone (SELLECK) on an unpaid suspension Ė not exactly sure as to why, though I mightíve missed it Ė and is ordered not to speak with either Rose (KATHY BAKER) or the now acting police chief, Luther ďSuitcaseĒ Simpson (KOHL SUDDUTH). When Stoneís old friend Boston Commander Healy (STEPHEN MCHATTIE) stops by to check up on Stoneís self induced seclusion, he offers him a job working as a consultant on a murder for which Healy fears will Ė and does Ė become a serial killing spree.

Thereís nothing particularly odd about the killings except that they are done in secluded places like parking garages and the victims never see the killer coming. Thereís also no connecting between the victims either. The first person Stone contacts is mob boss Gino Fish (WILLIAM SADLER) as the man usually has his hands in almost everything that goes on in Boston. As per their meetings in previous Jesse Stone movies, the visit first is coldly cordial before turning into quietly hostile by the time Jesse leaves, often without much more info than when he came.

Also as with other Jesse Stone movies, there is an unconnected B-plot. This time itís about a string of convenience store robberies that Simpson and Rose must try to solve or else they themselves could lose their jobs. Jesse offers up some of his help though Simpson isnít too open for it while Rose does what she can to get his expertise.

What makes No Remorse stand out from so many other made-for-TV movies Ė or even direct-to-video ones for that matter Ė is itís done with a feature film presentation with acting that stands up with the best of them. Of course, the highlight as usual is Tom Selleck who has made the role his own. But not only is Selleck taking the role, in his late age, with class and charisma, but heís expanded his influence on the series as both producer and co-writer since the later Stone movies arenít based on any of the late Robert B. Parkerís novels.

Some may find the Jesse Stone movies to be tedious and even boring on some level, but it is the quiet ambience of these movies that gets me to watch every time. The opening credits is a great example as director Robert Harmon (Highwaymen) shows off Bostonís nightlife over a beautiful score by Jeff Bean. There arenít any unnecessary car chases, explosions or what have you at 15-20 minute intervals to keep the audience alert and instead relies on the character drama to carry throughout the 85-minute running time.

Over these past few years since discovering the Jesse Stone movies, Iíve enjoyed each one immensely thanks in large part to Tom Selleck and the instant weight he brings to the role. Thankfully the TV movies have caught on with audiences bringing in good ratings for CBS, so much that one is in active development as of this writing and another is in the scripting stages so fans will get more of Selleck and Stone for a few more years.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Outside of some previews for other Sony titles, there are no features on the disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The movie is presented in its original television presentation, a 1.78 aspect ratio. I canít comment on how this compares to the HD broadcast, but I was fairly impressed overall with the picture quality. The movie has plenty of beautiful shots within Paradise and then some grittier or darker elements in Boston; in both cases they looked great.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track isnít bad however this is very much a character drama than action so youíre not going to get much within the rear channels. What does shine through is Jeff Bealís haunting score so on that level it is an effective track.



.::OVERALL::.

Overall, if you have been a fan of the Jesse Stone TV movies like I have, youíll find No Remorse to be one of the better entries into the series. Tom Selleck is at his best while the story has the intelligence and intrigue without the needless action sequences and instead relying on the characters to progress the story instead of mindless action doing it for them.