Stolen (2012 film)
|Directed by||Simon West|
|Produced by||Jesse Kennedy
|Written by||David Guggenheim|
|Music by||Mark Isham|
|Editing by||Glen Scantlebury|
Nu Image Films
Wonderland Sound and Vision
|Distributed by||Millennium Films|
|Running time||96 minutes|
In New Orleans, Will Montgomery (Nicolas Cage) and Vincent (Josh Lucas) are preparing for a heist, aided by Riley (Malin Åkerman), their getaway driver, and Hoyt (M.C. Gainey), a computer security expert. Nearby, they are watched by FBI agent Tim Harland (Danny Huston), who knows that Will and Vincent have been casing a jewelry store for several weeks and plan to arrest them mid-crime. Will and Vincent break into the neighboring toy store, and blow the adjacent wall. Harland gives them a few minutes before sending his agents into the jewelry store, finding that they are not there, and realize too late that they used the jewelry store to gain access to an adjacent bank vault. In the vault, Will collects $10 million in wrapped bills and drags Vincent away who had been eying a stack of gold bars. As they make their escape, they come across a janitor in a back alley. Vincent attempts to kill the man, but Will refuses to do so, and shoots Vincent in the leg to stop him. As their escape van pulls up, Vincent gets in and tells the others to drive off, leaving Will stranded with the money and the FBI closing fast. He leads them on a car chase, but eventually is cornered in an abandoned building. Will is arrested but they find no evidence of the money.
Eight years later, Will is released from prison, and taken back to New Orleans by Harland, believing that Will stashed the money before his arrest and warns that he will be watching Will closely. Will returns to his daughter Alison (Sami Gayle), finding that she is struggling with abandonment issues, and refuses to let him talk to her, and instead gives him a package addressed to him that was left there that morning. She goes off in a taxi, which has been shown to been trailing Will since his release. Will goes to a nearby bar where Riley is working, and as they talk, the package starts to ring. Will finds a cell phone inside, and the caller reveals himself as Vincent, the driver of the taxi and now has kidnapped Alison, and demands the $10 million from the heist within 12 hours. Further, Vincent will be tracking Will via the phone, and will make regular calls that Will must answer or Alison will die. Vincent drugs Alison and locks her in the trunk of his taxi.
Will, aware that Harland's men are also following him, uses the Fat Tuesday celebration to escape, purchase a second cell phone to redirect calls from the first to, and then plants the first phone on a leaving train to throw Vincent's tracking off. Will then returns to Harland and explains the situation, vowing that he burnt the $10 million just before he was arrested and asking for his help. Harland rejects this, and shows that Vincent was reported dead year prior, having been burnt up and his body identify by DNA. Will is forced to steal FBI credentials to find the current address of Hoyt. There, Hoyt is revealed to be working with Vincent and helping to track the phone. They have a brief standoff where Will learns that Vincent is a taxi driver, before the FBI arrive and kill Hoyt before he can fire on them. Will escapes, and later talks to the taxi dispatcher, where they help identify Vincent's taxi and current location. Will follows this into the middle of a celebration parade, but finds that the taxi belongs to another driver, and Vincent has masked the taxi number and stashed his cab's GPS system in the car. Will is captured again by Harland's men, but when they do not let him answer Vincent's call, Will escapes after crashing the vehicle they are in. On the call, Will tries to explain the money is gone, but Vincent is assured he has it somewhere and reminds him of the deadline.
Will gets an idea, and with Riley's help, they tunnel up below the bank where the gold was stashed, and use a thermal lance to melt enough of the gold before their actions are detected. Riley drives off to distract Harland, but they learn enough from her to being suspecting Vincent and track his actions from the taxi dispatch. Will takes the gold to Vincent at an abandoned amusement park, but Vincent lights the taxi on fire with Alison still inside. Will and Vincent fight, and Will takes a gunshot. He still manages to dose Vincent in gasoline and set him ablaze, giving him time to drive the taxi into a nearby pond. As he races to free Alison from the submerging vehicle, Will is attacked by Vincent, but eventually impales and kills him. Will is able to rescue Alison in time, and collapses to the ground just as Harland arrives in a helicopter. Harland assures Alison that Will will be okay, convinced now of Vincent's guilt, and race Will to get medical attention.
Sometime later, Will, Riley, and Alison are enjoying an afternoon barbecue, still being watched by Harland from a distance as part of the bank gold is still missing. Will finds a chunk of the melted gold in Riley's truck - the missing amount - and he and Riley debate whether to keep it or throw it away, the latter putting Will free and clear of any wrongdoing. After a thought, Will throws the gold into a bijou, leaving Harland without any evidence, and ends his monitoring. Unknown to Harland, Will threw away a decoy, and leaves the nugget on the table as the three go to enjoy lunch.
- Nicolas Cage as Will Montgomery
- Danny Huston as Tim Harland
- Malin Åkerman as Riley Simms
- Sami Gayle as Alison Montgomery
- Mark Valley as Fletcher
- M.C. Gainey as Hoyt
- Josh Lucas as Vincent
- Tanc Sade as Pete
The film received poor reviews among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with a score of 13% "Rotten" based on fifteen reviews. Stolen was a box office bomb in the United States, receiving little publicity and grossing just $183,125 across 141 screens on its opening weekend. The film was pulled from theaters after two weeks, making a total of $304,318. According to Box Office Mojo, Stolen grossed over $2,106,557 worldwide; however, The Numbers website claims it grossed $13,887,877.
- "Stolen (2012) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- "Stolen - Box Office Data, DVD Sales, Movie News, Cast Information - The Numbers". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved June 12, 2013.