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Movie review: Stolen


Recently released from jail, master thief Will is committed to leaving the criminal life behind him and obeying the law so he can reunite with his daughter. But his old friends have something else in mind, kidnapping his daughter and forcing him into one last heist.

Nicolas Cage (Will), Josh Lucas (Vincent), Danny Huston (Tim Harlend), Mailin Akerman (Riley), Sami Gayle (Alison), Edrick Browne (Jacobs), Mark Valley (Fletcher), Barry Henley (Reginald), M.C. Gainey (Hoyt), J.D. Evermore (Rookie).

Stolen begins by showing us the type of thief Will was, and what happened to make him want to change his life. From there the story stalls for a short time while he tries to reconnect with his daughter and live the straight life. About then his past catches up with him and his daughter is kidnapped, forcing him to commit one last crime to save her. It is here that the film gets a bit more interesting but sadly, there isn't much here to differentiate Stolen from plenty of other crime thrillers.

Acting was okay in this one but again, nothing special. Cage was solid with his delivery but seemed to be lacking energy. Lucas was good in his role as antagonist, contributing well. Gayle was another mediocre addition while Akerman stepped into her role well, and brought nice depth to the film.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with a nice solid feel that was appropriate for the film. Physical effects were pretty well done and added some quality to the film. Dialogue was decent with a few nice lines and original thoughts. Sound and soundtrack were both fairly well done.

Overall Stolen is a solid crime thriller. It just doesn't have much that is special or unique to differentiate it from plenty of other crime thrillers that are more unique. Cage or die-hard crime action fans may enjoy this one while others may find it lacking in originality.

With plenty of violence, gore, foul language, and some sexuality this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 10.6.13
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Crime Thriller, Crime Action, Action Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime Adventure

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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