7 items from 2013
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
Hot off the heels of critical and commercial success with The Expendables 2, the ever-inconsistent Simon West keeps true to form by reverting his talents to a glorified straight-to-video thriller in Stolen. Despite starring reliable profit-turner Nicolas Cage, the film was released in a whopping 141 Us cinemas over 6 months ago, where it recouped merely $300k of its $35m budget. That says it all, really.
Nicolas Cage returns to New Orleans, though this time isn’t playing a bad lieutenant; rather, he’s a good criminal, a Credence Clearwater Revival-loving master thief by the name of Will Montgomery, who ends up doing an 8-year prison stint when one job doesn’t go as planned. However, the $10m he stole during that heist has never materialised, and upon release, the detective who put him behind bars (Danny Huston) is convinced that sooner or later, Will is going to lead him to its location. »
- Shaun Munro
Director: Simon West.
Running Time: 96 minutes.
Synopsis: A recently released thief trying to go straight frantically searches for his missing teenage daughter who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi by a former criminal partner.
In many people’s eyes, it’s difficult to know where it all went wrong for Nicolas Cage. The Oscar-winner may still be a box-office draw when in the right project and gives genuine oomph to many roles, but he’s been involved in more guff than greats. Cage’s latest effort sees him reunite with his Con Air director Simon West, and while the duo’s 1997 all-star action spectacle is a massive guilty pleasure, the fact Stolen went straight-to-dvd in the States suggests it may be better to “put the bunny back in the box” and »
- Craig Hunter
The set up to Stolen isn’t staggeringly original, the marketing and name-change can be attributed to the success of the similarly themed Taken but Cage and Co can easily come up with something interesting given the right script.
[A]bout eight years ago I wrote an action script called Medallion that was optioned just before I set up Safe House. It’s since been changed to Stolen, but the concept has stayed the same: Nicolas Cage plays a bank robber who goes to jail after a heist gone bad. When he gets out, »
- Jon Lyus
After last years awesome survival-thriller The Grey, how on Earth did Liam Neeson not get an Oscar nomination, one remake I was looking forward to was director Joe Carnahan’s interpretation of Michael Winner’s Death Wish. It originally starred the acting icon Charles Bronson and I always felt the 1974 revenge ‘classic’ (based on the novel by Brian Garfield) was always overrated, but it did have a strong lead in Bronson as the unforgiving vigilante Paul Kersey. A man, who after hearing his wife is murdered in a mugging and his daughter assaulted in the process, decides to clean the streets of New York himself.
Carnahan has been working on a remake Winner’s film and seemed the perfect choice to helm the vicious and vengeful plot line. Sadly, he has vacated the project due to creative differences. The film was set to co-star The Grey’s Frank Grillo, with »
- Craig Hunter
Last summer, macho director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) talked about his vision for a remake of Death Wish, but it looks like that view didn't jibe with the studio. As of August, Carnahan was still in the process of scripting the reboot of the 1974 movie starring Charles Bronson that kick-started a five-film franchise. Originally based on the Brian Garfield novel of the same name, Death Wish centers on Paul Kersey, a man who becomes a vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter is sexually assaulted by muggers. The studio wanted Bruce Willis to step into the role while Carnahan had other ideas, thus leading to a split over creative differences. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Carnahan has withdrawn from the Death Wish remake citing creative differences. Other reports had the writer/director eyeing Russell Crowe for the role, with The Grey star Frank Grillo playing his brother. »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Joe Carnahan has abruptly withdrawn from Death Wish, the Paramount-mgm remake of the 1974 film. I’m told this happened over creative differences having to do with casting. Word is they didn’t agree on the guy playing the role originated by Charles Bronson. I understand that the studios want Bruce Willis and Carnahan wanted to go another way. Carnahan, coming off the Liam Neeson starrer The Grey, has other irons in the fire. I’m told one prime candidate is Narco Sub, the thriller written by David Guggenheim that the late Tony Scott planned to direct at Fox. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
These days you know what you’re getting from a Nicolas Cage film – bombastic drama, glorious over the top action and, of course, Cage over-egging every single line in the script. And Stolen doesn’t disappoint…
Finally receiving a UK release some three months after the films American DVD and Blu-ray debut and six months after it was in Us cinemas, Stolen sees director Simon West and actor Nicolas Cage team-up for the first time since Con Air in 1997, and follows Will Montgomery (Cage), a master thief who has been sent to prison for 8 years after being double-crossed in a heist gone awry. Upon his release, he’s ready to leave his criminal past behind and rebuild his relationship with estranged daughter, Alison (Gayle).
7 items from 2013
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