Daily Archives: December 5, 2012

Stolen (2012)

Stolen (2012)

(Nicolas Cage) stars as Will Montgomery, a bank robber who gets left behind by his partner Vincent (Josh Lucas) and the rest of their crew after successfully stealing 10 million dollars from a bank. Before being arrested, Will dumps the money and therefore only goes to jail for 8 years.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Will gets out of prison, Vincent wants his share of the 10 million dollars and will do anything to get it, including kidnapping and threatening to kill Will’s teenage daughter. Vincent gives Will 12 hours to get him the money or his daughter dies.

It was a pleasure to see Josh Lucas playing a bad guy. He has always been an underrated actor in my opinion. He did a wonderful job being creepy.

Although the storyline is not much different than your standard kidnapping or bank robbery, Nicolas Cage and Josh Lucas bring a certain level of prestige to the film with a couple of unique plot surprises along the way.

There is enough action and chases interspersed throughout the movie to keep you intrigued and wanting to know what will happen next.

Cover of "National Treasure (Widescreen E...

Cover of National Treasure (Widescreen Edition)

Nicolas Cage has been involved in creating a lot of trash in the more recent years. For a while it was one poor excuse for a movie after another. This is unfortunate because he is one of my favorite actors. But I guess that is what happens when you dig yourself way into debt and are forced to take any and all roles offered to you just to break even and keep your head above water. I have always wondered how someone as talented as Cage, with as much fame and fortune, and as many awesome performances in so many excellent movies (for example: Lord of War, The Weather Man, National Treasure, Matchstick Men, The Family Man, Gone in 60 Seconds, Face/Off, Con Air, The Rock, Leaving Las Vegas, Kiss of Death) could just flush it all down the toilet.

Cover of "The Weather Man (Widescreen Edi...

Cover of The Weather Man (Widescreen Edition)

I won’t pretend to know what caused the downturn of this movie Icon. I heard that he had owed millions of dollars in back taxes to the IRS and I’m sure that was a big motivator to accept any garbage role that came his way.

It became about quantity rather than quality (for example: The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, Astro Boy, Kick-Ass, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Season of the Witch, Drive Angry, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance); anything to make money to pay his debts. According to imdb.com Cage is involved in 12 more movies that are expected to release in the next couple of years.

Within the pile of rubble that is Cage’s last 7 years of film making, you will find a few glimmers of hope. These are just a few reminders that Nicolas Cage can still make good movies, they are few and far between, but he still has the ability (for example: Next, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bangkok Dangerous, Knowing, Seeking Justice, Trespass, and Stolen). Arguably none of the movies on that list were fantastic, but they were still solid movies in their own right, and all worth seeing. The only big hit on that list was National Treasure: Book of Secrets and that is because it was the sequel to a much better movie.

Cover of "The Family Man"

Cover of The Family Man

Here’s to hoping Cage can get his life together so that he can start making greatness again. Stolen is just another example of hope that better is still to come for Nicolas Cage.I give

Stolen a 7 rating on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.


Thinking of Watching a Christmas Movie? Check out the list.

My Top 13 Favorite Christmas Movies

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Home Alone (1990)
A Christmas Story (1983)
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas(1966)                     The Family Man (2000)
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Holiday Affair (1949)
Elf (2003)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV special)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV special) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Other Christmas Movies

A Christmas Carol (All of the many, many different versions.)
Holiday Inn (1942)
The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
White Christmas (1954)
Scrooged (1988)
Prancer (1989)
The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
The Santa Clause (1994)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
Bad Santa (2003)
The Polar Express (2004)
Noel (2004)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Four Christmases (2008)
Arthur Christmas (2011)
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

Cover of "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York&...

Cover of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Looking for a movie that has Christmas in it, but is not a Christmas movie?

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Gremlins (1984)
Die Hard (1988)
Vice Versa (1988)
Goodfellas (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Mixed Nuts (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Catch Me if You Can (2002)
The Jacket (2005)
Just Friends (2005)

Cover of "The Muppet Christmas Carol - Ke...

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What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Is there a Christmas movie that you think I should add to my list?

Is there a movie that has Christmas in it, but is not a Christmas movie that you think I should add to my list?