Academy Award winner Nic Cage doing his best Liam Neeson
It’s no secret around these parts that I worship at the alter of Nic Cage. The man has a undefined genius about himself in whatever role he takes on. Even his tacky films like Next are like snorting pixie sticks. It’s a sugar high that crashes the second the film is done, but damn if you don’t love that rush.
Which brings me to this trailer for Stolen. It’s essentially a reworking of Taken, except with thieves involved. But the true art and beauty of this trailer is that it’s cut like one of those 90′s previews you’d see on a Touchstone or Mirimax VHS tape of something like Phantoms, Crow or City of Angels. The kind of preview that would give you the whole film with a voice over that wasn’t quite the regular trailer guy, but was close enough. That’s this trailer. Watch it and tell me I’m wrong. Then enjoy some images from the movie below the trailer.
Even better: This is a film by Simon West, the director of the current number 1 film in America, Expendables 2. Glory days are here people!
Director Simon West and Nicolas Cage team-up for the first time since the 1997 blockbuster CON AIR for STOLEN, a unique fast paced action thriller that takes place during 10 frantic hours on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans. The film also stars Josh Lucas, Danny Huston, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Mark Valley and M.C. Gainey.
The story 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 Loeb (Gayle).
Montgomery’s former criminal cohorts and FBI agent Tim Harlend (Huston), are all convinced that the loot, totaling $10 Million dollars worth of bonds, was hidden away by Montgomery before he was sentenced. In order to get his hands on it, former partner in crime, Vincent (Lucas), kidnaps Alison and demands the loot as ransom; keeping her in a soundproofed trunk of a taxi cab on Mardi Gras day where she is nearly impossible to be discovered.
Montgomery has only one day to deliver the $10 Million ransom, but much to the disbelief of both Vincent and the FBI, he does not actually have it.
Montgomery is left with only one choice: To trust his instincts and join forces again with another old partner in crime, the beautiful, sexy and smart Riley Jeffers (Akerman). Together they must pull off one more heist so he can get his daughter back… before its too late.
Stolen opens in theaters September 14th 2012.