This is a very special flashback review for one of the most excruciating movies I ever had to sit through. Its badness has seeped so far into my brain that even now, at least six months after being exposed to this "gem", I can write this review with no trouble at all.
This movie tells the story of a guy named Will Montgomery. He is an experienced thief that was set-up in a heist and went to prison for the better part of a decade. We get to meet him as he is released and he is determined to turn his life around. First, he wants to build a relationship with his teenage daughter Allison, whom he hasn't seen in years. But that won't be easy. Several people, including his old partner Vincent, believe that Will has hidden the loot from his last heist. His ex-partner then kidnaps Will's daughter and demands 10 million dollars ransom.
Will now has a problem: he doesn't have the money. If he can't stage another heist within 24 hours, he will lose his daughter. And what a heist it is. It involves breaking into a bank through the sewers. But not to get money, no. In one of the better late-career Cage acting moments, he uses a blowtorch to melt gold in the banks vaults, straight through the floor.
Vincent, who somehow lost a leg and operates like a crackpot junkie cabdriver, almost out-Cages Nicholas in terms of sheer madness and overacting. The most hilarious scene of the whole movie, apart from the gold-melting nonsense, is the end scene in which Will/Cage crashes a burning taxi cab into the water after he runs Vincent over with it. Unharmed, Will/Cage emerges from the vehicle in the water and attempts to free his daughter who is locked up inside the trunk of the car. Vincent, shown in true terminator style with his artificial right leg, creeps up behind Cage, burnt, run over and crippled. But still he manages to challenge Cage's Will to a fight. The taxi keeps burning and floating until the girl is rescued, but it sinks within seconds of Will/Cage shoving Vincent in the trunk after stabbing him with a pole. This movie is a ridiculous as it is bad.
Oh, looking at the production credits on IMDB just now, I realized there were three main producers and 10 (!) executive producers on this movie. Since all of them are responsible for this utter piece of crap, they should go find something else to do.
The only thing stolen with this movie is the time of my life that I have spent watching it.
Verdict: Avoid like the plague!