Review: After selling his soul to Satan in Ghostrider, Nicholas Cage returns as America’s best robber who seeks redemption by treading the right path and making amends for things that went wrong in the past. Stolen introduces the characters with a ‘just about to be executed’ heist in a bank. Alas, even though the robbery was well-planned, a minor hitch and a change of heart cause the team to break up with their mastermind getting caught by the police force who was led on about the crime.
Imprisoned for eight years, Will Montgomery (Cage) comes out a clean man who wishes to start his life afresh by first reuniting with his daughter, Allison. Unfortunately for him, he has one too many ghosts from his past who are waiting to nab him in the world outside. One of them, is his old cronie played by Josh Lucas, looking as mean as he could’ve for the role assigned to him while the other is the FBI itself. The reunion with his daughter brings him face-to-face with his alleged dead mate who only cares about the money the two had robbed that eventful night. As obvious as it gets, Will Montgomery only cares about his one true love, the one he has for his teenage daughter and Vincent kidnaps Allison hence starting a fresh turn of events in the film.
Sadly enough, there are no fast-paced moments in the film and there are too many instances that would make you cringe with the lack of entertainment in the film, as opposed to the expectation from a Nicholas Cage film. The actor known for his mind-blowing roles in the past, at this point only manages to minutely entertain. One would only watch the film if they’ve been major fans of the actor. The Simon West-Nicholas Cage duo was being much looked forward to after they delivered the super-hit Con Air way back in 1997, however there isn’t anything extraordinary to look forward to in this rather slow-mo film. The lazy writing spoilt the film further because all you see Cage doing is running all over the city in search of his daughter while the FBI was close on his heels. Some sort of a prolonged cat-mouse chase. Not appetising. And illogical. The only thing that was spent effectively were the 90-minutes of your life, I can’t say whether that was something you would have been happy about spending in a vain effort, honestly speaking. I am only rating the film for the reunion of the brilliant duo.
Verdict: Expect nothing out of the ordinary. Strictly for avid Cage fans
Release date: Nov 8, 2012
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Nicolas Cage, Josh Lucas, Danny Huston, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Edrick Browne, Mark Valley, Barry Shabaka Henley, M.C. Gainey , J.D. Evermore
Director: Simon West
Length: 1 hr 36 mins
Writer: David Guggenheim