The Stoning of Soraya M.
The Stoning of Soraya M. – Movie Review
In a world of secrecy, corruption, and injustice, a single courageous voice can tell a true story that changes everything. This is what lies at the heart of the emotionally charge experience of THE STONING OF SORAYA M.
“The Stoning of Soroya M.” is one of those movies that is chilling and touching and important in terms of it’s content. In terms of the movie itself, it is so badly written, so badly acted, that it loses the impact. The story which you know from the title is about a woman in Iran who is unjustly accused of adultery, and what happened. Although a large percentage of the movies focuses on her aunt’s response. Her aunt is played by Shohreh Aghdashloo, who was in “House of Sand and Fog”, with Ben Kingsley. She’s a great actor, chews a little on the scenery, but everybody else in it, is amateurish. As social commentary, it is chilling and important as a movie, it doesn’t work at all, because the plot doesn’t work, the bad guys are so bad, the good people are so angelic, that you don’t believe it for a moment, but you believe that this actually happened. So, in terms of rating it as a movie, I’d probably give it a zero. In terms of it’s importance to social commentary, I’d probably give it a three or four. I guess on balance I’ll give it two. It’s not an easy movie to watch, because of the content, but it’s almost unwatchable, because of the lack of mastery of the plot, the actors, and the pacing.