An intelligence operative for a shadowy global peacekeeping agency races to stop a hacker from stealing its most valuable and dangerous weapon.
In Heart of Stone, Gal Gadot is Stone, a spy with her own IMF team like Tom Cruise- Heart is the all powerful computer that plots and control it all. In the latest Cruise Mission Impossible the computer is bad. In Stone, the AI entity is a good machine- “the closest thing thing mankind has to perfect intelligence according to the handsome tech geek that merely operates it- that has access to “trillions of access points” that allows it to predict the future. Not surprisingly, every mission Stone goes on has pretty long odds.
The twist is that Stone is a double agent working for another do-gooder secret international agency who’s corporate statement is that it exists to undo all the bad done by national agencies (CIA, MI6). I sense a Bourne, Bond, Jack Ryan merger in the sequels.
Heart provides the comic relief to Stone’s straight man- which is a good thing, since the action scenes are bland regurgitations from the Mission Impossible and Bond catalogue. The only difference is that Cruise did his own stunts, Gadot CGI’s them.
This is the Netflix response to Cruise’s trying to take back cinema from algorithmic plotting and CGI overload. The Netflix algorithm is blind to the irony.
Heart of Stone gets a 2.5 out of 5 or a C+.
- August 11, 2023