Heart of Stone: A Tale of Resilience and Evolution

Are you searching for the perfect movie to watch for the weekend? Then worry no more as we have here for you one movie recommendation which is action-packed and engaging. Yes, it is the new Gal Gadot movie Heart of Stone. In this article, we will discuss the movie so that you get good clarity about the film.

Heart of Stone Netflix:

Well, Gal Gadot needs no introduction, and her recent release on Netflix needs either. Heart of Stone is currently released and is trending on Netflix. Tom Harper’s “Heart of Stone” is the film that is equal to trying to make something go “viral.” It’s an overly calibrated hodge-podge of better movies with absolutely no original thought of its own. Stock characters populate it. It is brought to life with uninspired filmmaking. Not something which is expected out of a Gal Gadot movie.

Gal Gadot plays the role of a member of a secret peacekeeping operation which is called the Charter. She is called an undercover and is called a newbie MI6 tech agent. A job that takes her—and the movie—across the globe from the Alps to London to Lisbon to Senegal and finally to Iceland. Yet the crew also manages to film all of these locations in the absolute most boring way possible. Well, pretty bad for a movie on such a high budget. Isn’t it?

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The Boring Plot:

Well, by now you must have got a good idea about the boringness of the film. Not only this, A lifeless Sophie Okonedo plays her boss in the film, Nomad, who recruited her when she was 20 years old. But why? We have no idea! Did she have training beforehand, or was she trained once recruited? “Heart of Stone” does not make it clear. In terms of plot, the movie could be clearer. It has a lot of loopholes when it comes to presenting a clear story.

Netflix stock actor Matthias Schweighöferis also present in the film and plays “Jack of Hearts,” He is Rachel’s tech aid, who is always plugged into a supercomputer known as The Heart. This supercomputer allows him to use surveillance data to aid her in her missions. This data visualizes in front of him, which he manipulates with his hands. This was pretty cool … when Tom Cruise’s character did it in “Minority Report.” Here, it looks like a shallow and wannabe artist copy. We hope the film could have done much better regarding the storyline and plot.


Well, the screenplay in the film could be better. It is filled with melodramatic monologues. Also, the charter Charter’s mission is explained multiple times through exposition-laden dialogue. This is another big bummer in the  In fact, most characters speak in exposition, try-hard quips. Actors- Paul Ready and Jing Lusi, as Stone’s teammates Bailey and Yang, have done wonders with their written parts but are also not given nearly enough screen time to showcase their fully realized characters on screen truly.

Jamie Dornan is also present in the film and plays teammate Parker like a toned-down version of Colin Farrell in “Daredevil,” It is a shame because his twisty role should be played in the highest possible way. The same goes for Alia Bhatt as hacker Keya, who can never transcend the character’s many cliches. Only model-turned-actor Jon Kortajarena, a bleached blond baddie in a popped-collar leisure suit, seems to understand what this kind of villainous role requires. The star cast looks stellar but fails to give a stellar performance. Especially in these villainous movies, the edge and the depth of character with which a character portrays its role is missing.

Why is Heart of Stone Disappointing?

Well, it is worth saying that the film has failed to reach the standards it should, especially when it comes to an action-packed spy thriller. It has also come as a disappointment from the co-screenwriter Greg Rucka, whose screenplay adaptation of his graphic novel “The Old Guard” had a similar ensemble vibe but with lived-in and richly developed characters. It also helped that the director of that film, Gina Prince-Bythewood, has proven time and again as an excellent actor’s director and has a keen eye for staging and filming action sequences. Well, the film did fail to perform.

The lackluster filmmaking does nothing for Gal Gadot. Portrayed as someone who can kick and punch just fine but cannot emote beyond one bland facial expression. This would maybe be less of an issue if her fight sequences were filmed in a way that would have highlighted her physical prowess. Along with the murky lighting, Harper’s coverage is everywhere. He does not know how to film a movie star, is what we can say!


Thematically the movie is also an abject failure. It throws around terms such as “determinism” without exploring how the philosophy affects the characters’ actions about how The Heart uses an algorithm to “maximize lives saved” in any given situation. Stone has got some lengthy conversations with the film’s baddies about whether it’s right for them to use its power or to take out the people on their naughty list. However, she never once questions the Charter’s brand of interventionism—or that its use of mass surveillance is akin to totalitarianism.

All we can say is Heart of Stone could have done much better had it not because of its murky lighting, monotonous dialogues, action sequences that looked too packed, and an ensemble whose character portrayal could have been shown much better. Overall, Heart of Stone is a one-time watch; the film also marks Alia Bhatt’s debut in Hollywood but with a drab role. Only if the screen time of the important characters had been more, the film would have been saved.

“Heart of Stone”  wraps up the essence of a moral issue by killing off many characters and setting Stone up with a brand-new team. This is the age of IP and sequels and franchising, after all. It’s also the era of big data. So, I guess the movie’s entire propaganda is changed in pursuit of creating a new-age female franchise. Heart of Stone is now streaming on Netflix; you can check out the movie there. Do let us know how you feel after watching the movie.


Heart of Stone could have soared high had it not made some terrible mistakes in its making. In this article, we have briefly reflected on all the aspects of the film Heart of Stone to give you a short and quick review. That’s all, folks; I hope the article helped you get all the information you needed.


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