Star Trek Into Darkness
As I Lay Dying
Loud, predictable fun from Simon 'Con Air' West.
| Original Score: 3/5
From the plot to relationships to visuals, no one single aspect stands out as a genre breaking moment, but through fun-focused delivery, West is able to succinctly create a thrilling watch.
| Original Score: 6/10
The hammy criminal leads chew the scenery, with only Huston delivering a remotely convincing performance.
| Original Score: 2/5
The film ends up being devoid of tension. They probably should have kept the bunny in the box.
A film that feels too close to Liam Neeson's 2009-hit Taken for comfort ...
Though this isn't quite rock-bottom for Nicolas Cage, that's hardly saying much these days.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Far more fun when it was called Taken.
In addition to being built around a plot that unashamedly rips off 2008's Taken, it's a sloppily assembled example of slapdash filmmaking.
| Original Score: 1
Stolen is junk but it's intermittently amusing junk, best when locked in demolition derby mode, while Cage attempts to jazz up the acting by swallowing his sighs to the best of his ability.
| Original Score: C
Unconscionably boring. The real act of theft here is of the ninety minutes the picture steals from your life.
| Original Score: D+
Stolen begins at overdetermined, makes a pit stop at outright sadistic and winds up in the parking garage of ridiculous even for a movie of this sort.
The deep-rooted silliness makes it hard to take anything in the film seriously. But at least it has the decency never to ask us to.
| Original Score: C-
For all the heists, chases and shoot-outs, it's a sluggish picture. Characters feel the need to stop the action to explain themselves. Thoroughly.
| Original Score: 1/4
In Stolen, [Cage] steals away with nothing; he's simply stalled out.
Cage is uncharacteristically muted. He seems to have given up on making art long ago; these days, all he wants to do is entertain, and with Stolen, he succeeds, albeit only on the guilty-pleasure level.
| Original Score: C+