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
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Critic Reviews for Stone of Destiny
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.
A woeful slice of sentimental whimsy that makes Braveheart look like a documentary.
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.
Writer/director Charles Martin Smith is American, which wouldn't matter if this didn't feel so much like a wee-dram-and-bagpipes invitation to a mythical Scotland of yesteryear.
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.
Based on a true story, this rousing caper adventure can't help but keep audiences engaged. It's an efficiently made, if not particularly inventive, old-style romp that works away at your cynicism until you find a lump in your throat.
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
Stone of destiny is one of those independent films that really stands out due to its plot, great cast and effective directing. I really enjoyed the film and thought it had the perfect amount of drama and comedy. Also it had plenty of heart. This is an enjoyable film that is simple in its ideas, but the result is inspired and accomplished. Of course the film has its fair share of problems, but it manages to soar above its problems to really be a fun and entertaining picture worth seeing. The cast here do a wonderful job and they each bring something truly remarkable to the screen. The film is an accomplished independent production and is one of the better low budget affairs. This is a good film with standout performances. The plot is interesting and well thought out. If you come across this film, I suggest you give it a shot because it is a surprisingly effective film that will entertain from start to finish. The Stone of Destiny is wonderful fun and with the talent involved, you know you're going to get a well acted film with a well written script. The film may be imperfect in some areas, but for the most part it definitely is an effort worthy of seeing. Films like this should be made more aware of in the viewers mind, as I find them more compelling than most big budget picture, which most of the time fails to truly entertain. If you're looking for a far better film than most blockbusters and want something with a truly entertaining story with talented cast members, then this is the film for you.More
A fun, inspiring, and deeeelightful Scottish tale based on true events. The cast and characters are strong, scenery beautiful, and the score a perfect match. Just a fun, witty little film.More
Cast: Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Stephen McCole, Ciaran Kelly, Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle, Peter Mullan, Brenda Fricker, Rab Affleck, Gillian Aitken, Janine Ballantyne, Ross Bennie
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Summary: Based on true events of 1950, this comic adventure follows Scottish nationalist Ian Hamilton (Charlie Cox) and three other young men as they make a daring raid on Westminster Abbey in an attempt to return the historic Stone of Scone to Scotland. Hamilton and his cohorts must outwit British authorities in their mission to right a centuries-old wrong and revive Scottish national pride.
My Thoughts: "I really enjoyed this Scottish tale. I rooted for the character's and wanted them to succeed. It's so great what these students did for their people and their country. Inspiring. Great acting by all. The character's were believable which is important when playing an actual person. Just an all around good movie."
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