Nicolas Cage is one of our favourite actors of all time. While is output of late has been plentiful it hasn't seen the best quality films. Still, we have some enjoyable moment so when Stolen turned up in the post we were keen to give the disc a spin to check out his latest effort - and a film which sees him re-team with his Con- Air director Simon West (who most recently directed the rather fun action film The Expendables 2.
Nicolas Cage plays master thief Will Montgomery, who was sent to prison for 8 years when a heist goes wrong. Upon his release he visits his daughter, and promises his past is behind him however someone from his past is convinced that the $10 million loot stolen in the heist has been hidden by Will and demands the cash in exchange for the safe return of Will's daughter Alison who is kidnapped. With the FBI unwilling to help, or even believe, Will that his daughter is missing he has to take action into his own hands to save her.
While this starts out as a heist film it soon transforms into a kidnapping dramatic film before ending with, well, we won't spoil it. There really is little in this film that we haven't seen before. Nicolas Cage is actually quite restrained from his usual zany persona, but this is still Nicolas Cage so if you're not a fan then this isn't the film to change your mind about him. Stealing the show though is Josh Lucas (who you may know from American Psycho, Hulk and the Australian film Red Dog) who plays a rather disturbed one-legged Vincent. Were it not for his performance this film would have descended into the scrap pile even quicker. Actually both Sami Gayle as Will's daughter Alison, Mark Valley as FBI agent Fletcher, and Malin Akerman as Will's friend Riley also both put in solid performances.
Stolen is presented on Blu-Ray with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track (this differs from the American release which contained a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track although in theory they should be near identical lossless tracks) that generally conveys the action pretty well. We noticed a few moments where the dialogue was a little muffled, sections where we wanted a little more sub-woofer grunt, and at times the track became a little front heavy, but in general this is a solid audio experience. At the very least this Blu-Ray would offer a vast improvement over the Dolby Digital 5.1 track at 448kbps on the DVD version in Australia.
The disc states it also has a Dolby Digital 5.1 track through the menu however by selecting this it switches the audio between the lossless DTS-HD track and a Dolby Digital 2.0 track encoded at 192kbps. The Blu-Ray also contains an Audio Description track for the Vision Impaired also encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192kbps and while it gets the job done a surround sound track would have been nicer. The disc contains only a single Descriptive Subtitle track for the Hearing Impaired which is colour coded to the person talking and is mostly accurate to the dialogue with some brief shortening.
The Stolen Blu-Ray starts up with trailers for Silver Linings Playbook (2:26), Safe Haven (2:15), and Beautiful Creatures (1:44). Beyond that there is, well, absolutely nothing by way of extras on this disc. This is made even more disappointing with the knowledge that the American disc includes about 40 minutes of cast and crew interviews, and some other small featurettes.
Review By: Dave Warner