Jesse Stone comes out of involuntary retirement after the sheriff who replaced him exploded in their police car. The other officers Jesse worked with have left the department so he is forced to solve the crime on his own.
After his involuntary retirement, Jesse Stone investigates the suspicious death of a young friend while the Paradise police force deals with the arrogant new chief, who is the son-in-law of a town councilman.
Police Chief Jesse Stone, who was suspended by the Paradise, Mass. Town Council, begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in ... See full summary »
Jesse Stone and Captain Healy are shot during an unauthorized stake-out in Boston. Meanwhile, a cryptic letter sent from Paradise leads the mother of a kidnapped child to Stone. Though her son was declared dead, she hopes he will reopen the case.
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When the body of a fourteen-year-old teenager is found in the margin of a lake in Paradise, Massachusetts, the Chief of Police Jesse Stone and his officer Simpson seek clues in the spot. ... See full summary »
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When the man who replaced Jesse as Paradise Police Chief was killed when his car exploded, Jesse is asked to return and he does. So he goes to the crime scene and the evidence leads people to believe that the man may have been corrupt. And Jesse, who didn't like him because he took his job, says that he is allowed the benefit of the doubt. Jesse finds himself alone because Suitcase and Rose left when the other Chief was there. Jesse suspects that Hasty might know something, and a guy is following Jesse. Written by
A couple of times Jesse Stone says that he knew he'd get his job back, not getting it back was out of the question as "fate wouldn't do that to me". The same quote is in the first episode of Magnum PI, when Selleck's character (Thomas Magnum) said he knew he'll be able to break into Robyn Masters' Ferrari and therefore get to live in the guest house and use the Ferrari. Not breaking into the Ferrari was out of the question as "fate wouldn't do that to me". Tom Selleck was co-writer of "Benefit of the Doubt" and probably liked that quote from his Magnum character 32 years earlier. See more »
When Officer D'Angelo is driving Chief Butler, before the explosion, you can briefly see a 70 mph speed limit sign. There are no posted 70 mph speed limits on Massachussetts rural roads. It's a Canadian 70 kilometer per hour (43.50 mph) sign. See more »
Tom Selleck returns as the police chief of Paradise
"Benefit of the Doubt" (2012) has Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) returning to Paradise to solve the case of a double murder (of the chief and deputy) by an improvised explosive device, certainly a signature killing if there ever was one. The attractions of the movie are similar to the earlier entries, all of which I've reviewed some time back. Selleck is excellent in the part. His dog makes for a good character. William Devane and Saul Rubinek liven up the proceedings considerably. Robert Carradine lifts the story too. Gloria Reuben's character is almost as downbeat as Jesse.
Personally, I found this film less satisfying and more annoying. It's too smug. It's too stuck on itself. It too self-consciously uses dialog gimmicks that involve repetition. It repeats the title too many times. The story-telling is, if anything, even slower, almost too slow. The detective work is nothing special.
Fans of the Jesse Stone movies will be glad to take this in. I liked it well enough, but objectively this is an average story and film. What carries it is mainly the presence of Selleck and his character. I'm reminded of how James Garner lifted "The Rockford Files". The setting is nice, even if Nova Scotia is sitting in for the Massachusetts North Shore. As I suggested in an earlier review, the danger is for these films to fall into formula, and this one stays close to it. I look forward to the next one.
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