Millennium Films
Keith Staskiewicz
September 15, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stolen

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
87 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/12/10
performer
Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas
director
Anders Anderson
author
Glenn Taranto
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

On first impression, one imagines that two steps went into conceiving Stolen, a lively but utterly scatterbrained action film that has Nicolas Cage playing a man trying to track down his kidnapped daughter: 1) Watch Taken; 2) Consult a thesaurus. However, it turns out the movie seems to take its cues less from Liam Neeson’s steely determination than from its own star’s brand of straight-faced goofiness. Director Simon West plays it light — giving the action sequences the aerated gloss of a heist flick — while Josh Lucas seems to be trying his hardest to beat Cage at his own over-the-top game as the grimy, nutso kidnapper with a missing leg and an absurdly single-minded vendetta. (Lucas’ villain is what would happen if you took Cage’s amputee baker in Moonstruck, got him hooked on meth, and left him to marinate in an East Village adult video store for a decade.) The longest stretch of logical plotting lasts about forty seconds, and the deep-rooted silliness makes it hard to take anything in the film seriously. But at least it has the decency never to ask us to. C?

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST