Review: 'Stolen' is lacklustre and ridiculous

Friday, 9 November 2012 - 4:08pm IST Updated: Friday, 9 November 2012 - 9:09pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Anyway, fresh out of jail after 10 years, he must rescue his daughter from a former colleague who's driving around with her in the trunk of his car.

Film: Stolen
Director: Simon West
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Josh Lucas, Malin Åkerman
Rating: *1/2

Will Montgomery (Cage) is the cleverest thief in America. Well, at least everyone onscreen thinks he is and makes sure to hail him as such using different words. It's really hard to tell if they're being sarcastic because there isn't anything remotely smart he pulls off unless he is fist-fighting, though his ability to dodge bullets is making waves in academic circles right now.

Anyway, fresh out of jail after 10 years, he must rescue his daughter from a former colleague who's driving around with her in the trunk of his car.

A father with special set of skills in a race against time to save his abducted daughter from remorseless criminals? No doesn't sound familiar at all! Unlike Taken, Stolen doesn't really bother getting into the heart of stupid things like family dynamics, back story, and character development. (apart from the fact that the character used to listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival before pulling of his 'ingenious' heists).

Then there's the one-legged villain played by a (intentionally?) miscast Lucas. While deformity ranks high in Ian Fleming's book on villainy, one wonders how one bullet to the leg made his former partner an out-and-out psycho.

Stolen alternates between being lacklustre and pretty ridiculous. Should you watch it, who knows? Despite giving memorable performances in films like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation, the Oscar winning Cage has become a major form of entertainment in himself with his tendency to be theatrical. Or is it that dubious choice of films has become a major form of entertainment in itself, thanks to the internet.

Stolen isn't worth a lot of scrutiny. As an action movie it doesn't not excite. Even when Cage's presence alone is a throwback to the memorable action flicks of the 90s, which will continue to overshadow pedestrian stuff like this one. Avoid.




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