Stone of Destiny (2008)
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Prolific actor/director Charles Martin Smith takes the helm for this lighthearted adventure comedy recounting the theft of the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey. Based on the memoirs of Ian Hamilton, Stone of Destiny follows the determined student's reckless quest to make the ultimate symbolic gesture for Scottish independence. Charlie Cox stars in a film featuring Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd, Stephen McCole, and Kate Mara. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Jun 21, 2008 Wide
Jun 30, 2009
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Writer/director Charles Martin Smith brings energy and wit to this British-Canadian co-production.
Written and directed by an American, the film nevertheless feels closer to the 'British' spirit of the old Ealing comedies, something emphasised by its old-fashioned ambience and its charming evocation of the period.
This unabashedly sentimental and outright anti-English pic is stodgy as a cheap haggis with nationalistic sentimentality.
Smith, who also wrote the screenplay, is all brisk efficiency over the course of the movie's fat-free 96 minutes.
As a film, it's a touch too Hollywood, and full of too much patriotic Braveheart guff, but, on the whole, the American director and writer, Charles Martin Smith, has created an amiable and watchable heist movie.
Those whose national football and cricket teams are led by an Italian and a South African respectively have little room to talk, but surely Scotland has enough homegrown filmmaking talent to stick it to we sassenachs without relying on the Yanks?
It's hard to conceive a more clichéd depiction of Scotland than the one Charles Martin Smith fashions in this corny Celtic caper.
This modest Scottish caper film is based on real events but it is all a bit too limp to really engage, despite impressive performances from Cox and Mara.
Scottish nationalists are not likely to be wowed by this tiresome retelling of the "theft" of the Stone of Destiny (or Scone) from Westminster Abbey in 1950.
Audience Reviews for Stone of Destiny
- Ian Hamilton: We fight not for glory, not for wealth, nor honors, but only and alone for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life.
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