Starring: Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan, Alia Bhatt, Sophie Okonedo, Matthias Schweighöfer, Jing Lusi, Paul Ready, Jon Kortajarena
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Netflix spy action thriller directed by Tom Harper. Heart of Stone (2023) centers on CIA agent Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot), the only woman who stands between her powerful, global, peace-keeping organization, and the loss of its most valuable and dangerous asset.
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Bailey: [referring to Rachel] Four hours in the van, and she’s eaten all the crisps.
Parker: Well, she’s stuck in there with you, so that’s comfort eating.
Parker: Have you been boring her with your cat chat again?
Bailey: Cat chat? Actually, Parker, she likes my Barry the Cat stories. You like my Barry the Cat stories, right? Before you know it, you’re going to want one of your own.
Rachel Stone: Cats hate me. Sorry, Bailey.
Casanova: Hello, beautiful. May I take this seat?
Rachel Stone: Take it anywhere you like.
Keya Dhawan: MI6, right? You guys really need to work on your subtlety. You ruined my party. I should’ve listened to the voices in my head. “The British are coming. The British are coming.”
Jack of Hearts: The Heart has a chance of success at just thirty-two percent.
Rachel Stone: Not helping, Jack.
Jack of Hearts: Stone, big drop coming up. Big drop.
Rachel Stone: How big?
Jack of Hearts: The mother of big. Really, really big.
Jack of Hearts: Chance of success just plummeted.
Rachel Stone: Only because you’ve got no imagination.
Casanova: We meet again. Must be destiny.
Rachel Stone: Must be.
[knocks him out and takes his snowmobile]
Jack of Hearts: Chance of success to eighty-five percent.
Rachel Stone: Only eighty-five percent? Hardly seems fair.
Parker: I take full responsibility.
Control: “I. I. I.” That’s your problem, Parker.
Parker: Paperwork. Excellent. That’ll show Mulvaney’s lads who’s boss.
Yang: What did you do when I left you up there?
Rachel Stone: Hid in the toilets. What? You said to stay out of sight.
Bailey: Ex-intelligence operatives answering only to themselves. No national allegiances, no political leanings. Putting out fires their governments never allowed them to. That’s the Charter. The most highly trained agents working together to keep peace in a turbulent world.
Parker: No. That is a Saturday morning cartoon. Nobody knows about the Charter because they don’t exist.
Parker: Sorry, Bailey, there is no secret genius organization pulling all the strings. It’s just us, Sandra, and her paperwork.
Rachel Stone: But it was a nice bedtime story.
Rachel Stone: Sneaking up on me?
Parker: A field agent should be ready for anything.
'You want to know how great men get power? It's not because they earn it, or because they deserve it. It is because when the moment comes, they take it.' - Parker (Heart of Stone) Click To Tweet
Rachel Stone: So, rules are rules unless they apply to you.
Parker: Why do I feel like you know me better than I know you? Maybe I should listen to one of these dreary podcasts of yours.
Ivo: That’s the peacock. Came with the house.
Rachel Stone: How’s King of Hearts? Is she angry?
Jack of Hearts: Have you seen her yet?
Nomad: Well, let’s see. You lost control of the situation, target is dead, then you had to kill six men. What a glorious outcome. Victoria Crosses all around.
Rachel Stone: Love what you’ve done with the place.
Nomad: Is she developing a sense of humor?
Nomad: The Heart’s better at whats than whys.
Rachel Stone: It doesn’t feel right. Keya chose to hack into our comms feed on the mountain. She revealed herself to me, looked me straight in the eye.
Jack of Hearts: I’m not sure if we should ignore the Heart, the closest mankind has to perfect intelligence, because of eye contact in a bar.
Rachel Stone: This might be why you’re single, Jack.
Nomad: I’m tracking my asset. You know what you signed up for. No relationships. No friends. No poolside tête-à-tête. What we do is too important. When governments fail, the only thing left is the Charter.
Rachel Stone: Everything’s under control.
Nomad: Good. Keep it that way.
Parker: Bailey, you should meet my gran. She has the same taste in music, and you have the same hair.
Bailey: It’s my van, my tunes.
Parker: Yeah, that’s what she says.
'If we only follow the odds, then we'll never do anything in spite of the odds.' - Rachel Stone (Heart of Stone) Click To Tweet
Yang: Parker, this music is ancient. What are you, a hundred years old?
Parker: It’s called culture.
Rachel Stone: I’m going back in.
Jack of Hearts: What? No. Saving them is not your mission. Get out of there.
Rachel Stone: Jack, please.
Jack of Hearts: No. At best, you break cover. Most likely, you die.
Yang: [referring to the van’s remote key] Does that thing ever work?
Bailey: Yeah. Yeah. It works. Just not on every car.
Yang: Okay, Stone. Time to start talking. You hack, you fight, and you drive.
Bailey: Three vehicles. Lots of guns!
Rachel Stone: Yeah, I can tell by the bullets.
Parker: Are you trying to kill us?
Rachel Stone: Pretty much the opposite, actually.
Rachel Stone: This might be kind of intense.
Yang: Who the hell are you?
Rachel Stone: It’s complicated.
Parker: Well, from where I’m sitting, a baby agent from IT just took out an entire kill team.
Bailey: The Charter’s real.
Yang: And you’re one of them.
Rachel Stone: Look, I wish I could’ve told you more. But we all want the same thing.
Parker: [as he shoots and kills Bailey and Yang] No, we don’t. You’re not the only one with a secret.
Rachel Stone: Who are you, Parker?
Parker: Why don’t you ask the Heart?
Rachel Stone: If you wanted me dead, you would have shot me first.
Parker: Still a few things I need to know. About you, the Charter. But perhaps most of all, I was looking forward to a fight.
Parker: [to Rachel] Keya and I learned that the Charter infiltrated MI6. I had to flush out who. At first, I thought it was Yang, but I was so pleased it was you.
Parker: Your hand’s shaking.
Rachel Stone: You barely nicked me.
Parker: That was the point. Poison-tipped. A little basic, I know, but it hits the spot.
Parker: I spent six years looking for you people, Stone. Then fate brings you straight to me. You’re a very good agent. But you were so busy letting a machine think for you that you missed me. Right here, in front of your face, the whole time.