The Sobbing Stone
Four modern-day scientists are assigned to study a small stone that emits mysterious sounds from it. Strangely, modern day equipment cannot record the sounds for some reason. The four scientists take turns on a 24-hour watch to listen and piece together the story coming out of the stone. The scientists finally solve the puzzle, but it’s not quite over for them. The surprise ending doesn’t merely surprise…it shocks!
I’ve never seen anything quite like “The Sobbing Stone,” which is both a compliment and also contains some slight negatives. The plot of a mysterious stone which emits sounds is a bit bizarre but kudos to the writer, producer, and director, which all happen to be the same man, Robert G. Christie, for trying something different. There are a few arguments over hypocrites and bad witnesses, between a Christian woman named Ann and some of the unbelieving scientists. The argument is thought-provoking but I believe it was over-acted in spots and felt somewhat melodramatic.
The strength of the film is in its beginning, the telling of the origin of the stone, in the actual revelation of the sounds of the stone, and the subsequent scenes including the mob scene and the scientists hearing their own voices in the mob. The scene, again, is over-acted a bit when the scientists argue, but the ending is very powerful and will definitely put the viewer into a position of deciding what he/she believes concerning Christianity. This film is recommended, due to some of the mature scenes, for ages twelve and above. I believe children under the age of twelve could view it, given parental supervision and discussion. It is definitely worth viewing.