THE PLOT THUS FAR
When a shocking double homicide rocks the quiet town of Paradise, Jesse Stone is forced back into action at the request of the town council which replaced him in the first place. His police department nearly emptied of staff by a new Chief of Police, he has to rely on his expert intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues as he attempts to unravel the mysterious murders.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Benefit of the Doubt” continues to show that the Jesse Stone movies are slowly losing steam. Jesse continues to find trouble, then he tries to push his way against it. Now, he’s playing Jim Gordon to a new Commissioner Pauling, while his little town goes to hell. Too much time is spent trying to muster a reaction shot from Stone’s dog or the assorted people in his life that still speak to him. There’s an opportunity to do something new, but from the first minute…this is a countdown to try and get Stone’s job back.
Still, this is a movie that can be watched by those new to Jesse Stone. Unlike some of the others, this is a straight mystery which doesn’t deviate into long philosophical scenes that some might find boring. And Stone’s character history is explained for those who might not know it, but this is not really necessary for a newcomer to the series.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong with a Dolby 5.1 track that provides an amazing surround effect. The transfer runs the gamut without ever really impressing anyone. Still, it’s a typical crime story TV movie. What did you expect?
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!