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Steal a little time for this Nick Cage Thriller,
This review is from: Stolen [DVD] (DVD)
Will Montgomery (Cage) is the brains behind a team of thieves, as they're latest job backfires Will is left holding the bag & spending 8 years in jail, enough of a punishment you might think. However the FBI are breathing down his neck upon release, suspecting he's holding out on the money, an idea shared by some of Will's old buddies who also believe he's stashed the millions for himself & now they want they're share. Kidnapping his estranged daughter Alison (Gayle) he has 12 hours to get them $10 million, or his daughter dies! Can he evade the FBI & get the money in time ?!
Stolen reunites Con Air director Simon West with the star of that movie, Nicolas Cage, in this more modest budget thriller which at heart is a predictable abduction & ransom plot, with the now well used Taken-esque estranged father/daughter routine. But thanks to a good cast, some neat twists, humor in places & Simon West's trademark action style which injects a snappy pace over it's 90 minute run time. It manages to help divert your attention from those flaws.
Nicolas Cage leads the movie well as the cool & collected master thief, turned distraught & desperate father. Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) does a great turn as Cage's once vein partner in crime, turned deformed lunatic. Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods) is convincing as the kidnapped daughter & has good rapport with Cage. While Danny Huston (30 Days Of Night) & Mark Valley (Human Target) are assured as the FBI agents hunting Cage down & waiting for him to slip up. Others of note, Malin Akerman (The Heartbreak Kid) & M.C. Gainey (Con Air) as Cage's ex-partners were good support. (Trivia: Jason Statham was also considered for the lead role).
In conclusion, Stolen isn't going to blow your socks off with a genre busting offering. But it's fast pace, interesting twists, humor & good cast help paper over the flaws & make for a watchable thriller. Recommended.