Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost

Tom Selleck returns as Paradise’s anguished former Chief of Police, Jesse Stone, in his most gripping mystery yet. Cindy Van Aldan was like a daughter to Jesse. Now she’s dead. Although all signs point to a suicidal drug overdose-a checkered history riddled with addiction, associations with homicidal mobsters and an involvement in prostitution-Jesse knows his friend better than that. This time it’s personal, and Jesse will stop at nothing to avenge the lost innocence and subsequent death of the young girl he once mentored. Though perhaps not as beloved as his Spenser novels, the series of books Robert B. Parker wrote about Jesse Stone, the depressed, alcoholic police chief of a small Massachusetts seaside town, earned him a similarly devoted following. CBS began adapting the novels as a vehicle for Tom Selleck in 2005, closely following Parker’s formula and style, to the delight of many fans. Innocents Lost is the seventh in the intermittent TV-movie series (an eighth, Benefit of the D

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  1. 49 of 57 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Another Superlative Job, May 23, 2011
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    Cary B. Barad (Baltimore, MD) –
      

    This review is from: Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (DVD)

    This high quality series continues with no let-down whatsoever. To the contrary, the plot and ambience are satisfying in a very dramatic way, the characters are well drawn, the music is moody and the dog is fantastic as usual. For some reason, however, this film endows the actors with some quirky speech mannerisms which can be somewhat distracting. But one can easily put up with all of that given the excellent mix of cinematic sophistication and entertainment which is quite rare for a prime time television movie.

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  2. 78 of 84 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This series gets better with age!, May 23, 2011
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    kstme (Las Vegas) –

    This review is from: Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (DVD)

    Tom Selleck IS Jesse Stone! ‘Innocents Lost’ brought the characters together and, I believe, more relaxed in their roles, like old shoes that finally fit after a few stretches of the leather. Please, don’t throw them away, because we want more Jesse Stone and Co.! Joe the Dog steals the show! Even he is beginning to show his age with a little graying around his muzzle.

    The story is strong, subtle and makes you want more. Stone, now retired, is still seeking justice for a crime that will, probably, never be solved. The new Chief doesn’t get much air-time, which is a good thing! Rose’s character is getting stronger, but still vulnerable. She walks the line and delivers for Stone. Suits is more settled and endearing. Thankfully, for me, there is only one short phone call between ‘the ex’ and Jesse. The ending is oustanding!

    For anyone who has read much of the late Mr. Robert Parker, the speech patterns were his signature, used for all major characters in his books, i.e., Spencer, Randall and Stone. It’s quirky, but always seems to work…for me.

    I will purchase ‘Innocents Lost’ as soon as it’s available!

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  3. 189 of 196 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Tom Selleck Is Jesse Stone–The Seventh Outing In Television’s Most Introspective Crime Drama Series, May 24, 2011
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    K. Harris “Film aficionado” (Albuquerque, NM) –
      

      

    This review is from: Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (DVD)

    Following 2010’s “No Remorse,” Tom Selleck returns (and shares a writing credit) for the latest installment of the Jesse Stone saga in “Innocents Lost.” In this, the seventh outing, Selleck is more world weary and introspective than usual. I don’t know that there has ever been a serialized crime drama that is so reliant on quiet moments and character contemplation. And, in truth, it is this moody thoughtfulness that has really made this series of movies strikingly unique in the modern television landscape. Lacking hysterics and over-the-top action set pieces, the Jesse Stone series is a quietly compelling throw-back to when stories and people mattered more than special effects. And, as always, the icing on the cake is the pitch perfect Tom Selleck who paints Jesse as both lovable and excruciatingly frustrating. I, personally, think that Stone is Selleck’s best role–it is no wonder that he has revived him seven times.

    “Innocents Lost” really breaks no new ground, just tells another chapter. Stone, now retired, is still trying to find an inner equanimity and peace. Seeing an unorthodox therapist, consorting with a younger woman, staying grounded with his old colleagues–Jesse’s existence is a quiet one. When a young girl whom Jesse feels responsible for ends up dead in an apparent overdose, he feels deep guilt and sets out to determine what went awry. He is also asked to consult on a murder case in the city where the police feel that their suspect is innocent. Retirement doesn’t seem so uneventful after all! The story leads to some unexpected places–as the girl’s life spiraled out of control, several key factors and nefarious influences led her astray. But how far is Jesse willing to take his off-the-books investigation, and to what purpose?

    Those who have followed the series will see plenty of familiar and expected faces. Most noteworthy, we see his former co-workers (Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth) adjusting to the new Paradise Police Chief. But despite some nice moments, this remains very much Selleck’s show! Jesse Stone must surely be one of the most laid back heroes to ever grace the small screen and Selleck has perfected the minimalism necessary to make this character stand out. In the film world of quick cut editing, these films defy expectation by unfolding at a very leisurely pace. “Innocents Lost” fits comfortably into its place in the Stone lexicon. This one is less about mystery and intrigue and more about spending time with Selleck and Stone–a pairing that has become virtually iconic. KGHarris, 5/11.

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