Taken Ideas

Nicolas Cage in Stolen (2012)

When FBI agent Tim Harlend (Danny Huston) finally caught master thief Will Montgomery (Nicolas Cage) as he and his team were robbing a bank, Will took the rap and went down for 8 years. But on his release Will not only has Harlend on his case over the $10 million which he thinks Will hid but also one of his former partners in crime Vincent (Josh Lucas) who is now a sick and bitter wreck of a man who is desperate enough to kidnap Will's now teenage daughter Alison (Sami Gayle). The trouble is that Will didn't stash the money; he burned it knowing his sentence would be less and now with the help of his other partner, Riley (Malin Akerman); he must quickly pull off a heist to come up with the money to get his daughter back.

Bank robbers, disgruntled partners in crime, aggravating FBI agents, a criminal trying to go straight, an attractive woman and a child kidnapped. Some of those things could have been lifted from Nicolas Cage's previous movies whilst others could have been lifted from other movies which came out in the years just prior to "Stolen". Basically what I am saying is that "Stolen" is as generic as they come and the sort of movie you quickly realise is not going to demand your attention to work things out, just your eyes to follow all the action.

Josh Lucas in Stolen (2012)

Now if all you want is a Nicolas Cage action movie "Stolen" might just do the trick, in fact you will probably enjoy some of the movies more far fetched elements including a scene involving Alison in the boot of a taxi trying to text using a phone which is left on the back seat. But other than director Simon West delivering well paced action with plenty of chase style scenes it is all as generic as the storyline.

About the only aspect of "Stolen" which might grab your attention is the special effects when it comes to Josh Lucas's character as Vincent has an artificial leg and a couple of fingers missing. But in truth this seems more of a gimmick to add something else to a movie which otherwise could be classed as forgettable which is certainly the case when it comes Nicolas Cage's performance as there is nothing memorable about the character of Will Montgomery.

What this all boils down to is that "Stolen" is an okay, middle of the road, incredibly familiar action movie which features a generic performance from Nicolas Cage. But in being so routine it is also utterly forgettable.

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