Simon West’s Stolen (2012) Movie Review


Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Direction: Simon West
Writers: David Guggenheim
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman, Josh Lucas

Storyline: A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi.

Performances: Nicolas Cage fits the bill, but his characterization is half boiled. Malin Akerman disappoints as Riley Jeffers. The relationship between Cage and his daughter is flat. Crazy Psychopath Josh Lucas is good. Danny Huston-Mark Valley provides comic relief.

Technicality: Story and Script of STOLEN are written by Safe House writer David Guggenheim who just recycled an old formula, added a pinch of comedy but he failed to entertain. Story is a complete rip-off of TAKEN about a father who tracks down his daughter’s kidnapper in the most awesomely coolest way possible. In STOLEN, Nicolas Cage tracks down his old friend who drives a taxi, and has kidnapped his daughter, whom he doesn’t even have chemistry with. Wearisome.

Simon West could have done a lot more with the script but he rushed & wasted a good opportunity. Cinematography by Jim Whitaker is a thing to talk about. Music by Mark Isham is apt. editing by Glen is ordinary.

Survi Verdict: Nicolas Cage is a cool actor; it’s time for this Hollywood A-List actor to choose his movies carefully. The story and the characterizations are so pathetic that you wanna leave the theater ever before actual stuff starts. On the whole, STOLEN is Dull-Dragging-Disaster.

Survi Review: 0.5/5

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