Heart of Stone is zero-gravity filmmaking, the kind of movie that floats along amiably, an amusing two-hour-long flight in which nothing ever seems to land – not the emotions, not the punches, not the twists.
The film frequently calls to mind this year’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 but the comparison isn’t flattering. Both are action films centred around the threat of artificial intelligence and featuring near-silent blonde assassins
A member of a covert spy operation (Gal Gadot) must prevent a prodigious hacker (Alia Bhatt) from stealing its “heart” – an artificial intelligence (AI) with unfettered global access that uses trillions of data points to predict and ensure the success of any mission.
Gal Gadot is one of cinema’s most striking faces, but there’s a blankness to her beauty that makes her the perfect choice to play a spy, a profession that relies on the ability to blend in as unobtrusively as possible.
It’s only towards the finish line that a countdown proffers any sort of urgency. But by the end, when the dust has settled and the promise of a sequel has been floated, the whole operation codenamed after a house of cards has come to resemble one