Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Marcia Gay Harden,
In the 1958 scenes, the box is shown variously as painted and unpainted. In a time-lapse scene, we see the box age from unpainted raw wood to dark and moldy, but when it is being buried, it is already dark. See more »
Tom Adkins Sr.:
He has his mother's eyes. Her hair. My face, my laugh. First time I held him I knew he was my son. The best of me and his mother. I can still see his eyes light up watching those fireworks. I gave him everything a father can give a son. And now with all this searching, being a cop, being a father, I still can't find my boy.
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A detective (Jon Hamm) obsessed with the mysterious disappearance of his son goes deep into another obsession while investigating a similar case that took place in 1958 and despite the gap in between both cases they are connected. "Stolen Lives" divides itself in two segments (one in 1958, the other in 2008) on a same crusade which is to present two fathers trying to find their missing child and how they react to this happening in their shattered lives.
There isn't much to be said about the film. It's pretty decent, with a quality cast that includes names like Hamm, Josh Lucas, Jessica Chastain, James Van Der Beek, Rhona Mitra, Jimmy Bennett and Joanna Cassidy, it doesn't disappoint. It portrays with justice the drama of parents who go or went through the same drama as the main characters here, the kind of agony no one wants to live with. Annoys me the fact of this being commercialized as a thriller when it's not that much. Sure, there's some suspense (very little, actually), the whole investigation and the search for the kids but it's more a dramatic work than a thriller (it doesn't work as such since it reveals things that should be left to the ending). The segments were presented in a good way, but one (Lucas) becomes more interesting than the other (Hamm), which created some strange unbalance that might ruin the film to some viewers.
Admirable even without any news in its plot or presentation, it's worthy of a check out, at least for the cast. 7/10
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