Jesse Stone: Stone Cold 2005 ★½

This is a TV-movie through and through with very little that distinguishes it from the thousands of other detective dramas out there. Tom Selleck plays Jesse Stone, a popular character in a series of detective novels so I am informed, a former big shot detective who moves to a small town after his alcohol problems. If that sounds all too familiar then so will the rest of this predictable and stale tale.

The central investigation never comes to life, partly because the pacing is poor and the characters flat, but also because the identity of the killers is revealed early on. Whilst this may sound like something that differentiates Stone Cold from the competition it also strips it of any drive or intrigue. The fact the killers are still afforded such little development means that their early reveal is entirely wasted. At least the performances are competent enough and it looks okay but this is lifeless and obvious.

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