Introduction and Background
"Jesse Stone: Thin Ice" is a 2009 American television police procedural film directed by Robert Harmon. It stars Tom Selleck in the title function as Jesse Stone, a distressed and alcoholic cops chief of the town of Paradise, Massachusetts. It is the fifth instalment of the Jesse Stone series, based upon the characters from Robert B. Parker's detective novels.Plot Overview
In "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice", Stone discovers himself caught in 2 complex cases: a kid's kidnapping and a heated shoot-out with state troopers that left his friend, officer Healy (Stephen McHattie), significantly injured. The action begins when Stone gets caught in a shoot-out which he wasn't supposed to be involved in, winding up being reprimanded by the city's authorities. Amidst the already high stress, a strange woman, Elizabeth Blue (Camryn Manheim), approaches Stone claiming that her infant was taken seven years back and she thinks he can help.Main Narrative
While assisting Elizabeth Blue search for her missing boy, Stone is also investigating the shoot-out event. He has a hard time to remain focused on both the cases while coping his alcohol addiction, all the while managing to keep his job as the city's council, feeling that he's losing control over his town are constantly pressuring him.
In his endeavour, Stone is aided by a gang of affiliates which includes legal expert Abby Taylor (Kathy Baker) and dependable police Luther 'Suitcase' Simpson (Kohl Sudduth). As Stone delves deeper into both investigations, he reveals shocking realities. It is exposed that Elizabeth's missing child was unlawfully given up for adoption, in a plan orchestrated by a polished lawyer.Climax and Conclusion
The climactic revelation points at an unlawful kid adoption racket involving a corrupt attorney. Stone makes sure the offenders get their due punishment, simultaneously helping Elizabeth reunite with her child, a moment which supplies an emotional reward to the viewers.
Concurrently, working behind the scenes, Stone manages to reveal realities that clear the charges versus him regarding the shoot-out case. He provides strong evidence and thinking illustrating that his intervention conserved officer Healy's life. Despite the examination and opposition from the city council, Stone continues his job as the authorities chief displaying his astute intelligence and ruthless will.Summary
"Jesse Stone: Thin Ice" is a gripping police procedural that succeeds in weaving two intriguing narratives with a compelling efficiency by Tom Selleck. The movie straddles in between being an awesome investigator story and a deeply individual look into the life of its title character, Jesse Stone. Stone's non-conventional officer image battling his addiction and professional difficulties while resolving relatively unassociated cases makes the film a notable watch. The combination of individual battle, interest, crime, thriller and resolution towed by an appealing story provides an exceptional viewing experience.