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December 19, 2015
Very good movie.....
½ May 28, 2014
You will feel empty and dead after viewing this film.
April 5, 2014
Wonderful movie. Love me some John Hamm.
½ March 4, 2014
Good film, superb performances all round.
July 13, 2013
Irresponsible fathers and their dumb kids...

There can only be one lesson learned from "Stolen:" Never turn your back on your kid if you haven't taught him to not take candy from strangers. It's almost laughable that a cop's child could be lured away so easily by a creepy old stranger, and it's impossible to believe that a restaurant's patrons wouldn't have noticed their being there. What ever happened to asking the waitress to watch your kid while you go pee?
"Stolen" opens with a distraught Jon Hamm recollecting his child's abduction in an interrogation room. He delivers a quiet, heart-wrenching monologue that proves his exceptional talents beyond the juggernaut that is Don Draper. He plays Tom Adkins, a man without a child who clings to hopes that he still maybe alive. He is a cop too and has a wife that has grown away from him. The movie fails to clarify whether she's the biological mother, but she is all too ready to move on and threatens her husband to do the same, or else. Because of the Swiss-cheese script, it's hard to sympathize with her and you end up disliking her for all the unnecessary anguish she puts her husband through.
Tom is summoned to examine a skeleton buried at a construction site. The skeleton posses eerily similar features to his son and he believes its his until a corner's report reveals that the child is over fifty years old and had a mental disability. We flash backwards fifty years and follow the story of that child and his tragically tragic tale.
The boy's name is John and his disability varies for the convenience of the plot. His father, played by Josh Lucas in another lackluster performance, lost everything and has to move out of his home after a string of bad luck. He takes his three boys to a farm and has to take John somewhere else because his kinfolk don't wanna take in no retarded boys. John's father finds work and trouble a few towns down the road. He rudely flirts with a gas attendant's hot wife and ends up on the wrong side of that gas attendant's gun. His kid becomes a quick chore at work, so he has to find another place for him to stay. One night, he decides to leave his kid in his car while he gives into the temptations of the gas attendant's wife. His kid ends up kidnapped and its revealed that he was killed by a familiar face off-camera. The big reveal is predictable because only one character's head could possibly look like that in a hat.
The movie's narrative moves back and forth between Tom's, John's, and John's father's stories. When Tom finds a clue, we flashback in time and every time we experiences a new revelation, we flash forwards to the present time. These scenes work well as we view an object in close-up and it transports us through time--A small scene with a piece of aging wood was a nice touch.
"Stolen" has a decent style and is well directed in parts. It boasts a great cast with a strong supporting performance by an underused Jessica Chastain. However, the movie lacks focus and doesn't connect the multiple stories as well as other films have done in this genre-- for over half the film, I thought Jon Hamm's character was one of John's brothers, I'm sure I'm not alone. They completely forget about closing John's father's story arch which is a prominent example of lazy film making. The cumulative result is highly underwhelming and feels like its a part of a different movie altogether.
John Hamm's "Tom" is a character that deserves a better movie. He's great and his final interrogation scene rivals his powerful, bulldogging performance in "The Town." He's proven he can play different characters, each as convincing as the next, but his talents are levels above this film.

Grade: D-
May 27, 2013
A terrific premise and solid acting are marred by painfully weak scripting and art direction--Whistling in the dark!!
May 24, 2013
In spite of the horror of the story, the movie does not really manage to live up to its promise.
½ March 15, 2013
Confusing one , acting oke ...weird ending . Was his son found under the tree or what ??
February 12, 2013
Awesome movie. Sad story but great acting. If you haven't seen it you should.
January 21, 2013
One of the most depressing films I've ever seen. I don't know why people like watching fathers go the pain of the loss of they're kids,and the end of it when he admits it to the father of the boy he killed,you just wanna kill him yourself.
½ January 5, 2013
Nic cage needs to kick his agent in the balls.
½ December 31, 2012
Just okay - not great, but not terrible. Good performances from Jon Hamm and Josh Lucas in the central roles. There is a bit of mystery going on, but for the most part I wasn't terribly focused on what was happening, though I will say the "twist" that very easy to spot, which let the film down badly.
½ December 31, 2012
Out of boredom I decided to watch a movie. I was still bored when the credits rolled, just slightly disgruntled too.
December 26, 2012
I thought this was a very touching, and true to life, film. I was thrilled at Josh Lucas's character and how well he played it. The little boy who played his son, John, was also quite an amazing little actor. He couldn't have been more than 10-12. James vanderbek was creepy as the bad guy in the film. Good acting, realistic, and well worth the hour and a half on Christmas to watch. It was kinda a lifetime style movie but that's ok it was still worth seeing.
December 20, 2012
Wow...this looks stupid-real real stupid.
November 11, 2012
A mediocre teledrama
September 30, 2012
this was really compelling. lucas and hamm both gave great performances. i felt like they could have given van der beek more screen time because he made a very convincing kidnapper. his voice was so soothing and quietly scary. the kind that you want to tell your children to run like hell if they hear it. goose bumps just thinking about it.
September 30, 2012
Not a bad idea for a movie, just not executed right. And Dawson aka James Van Der Beek (or whatever) was the criminal who killed his homeboys son for a pointless reason. Bones found from a murder that happened 8 years prior & one detective is determined to solve this case because he experienced a similar experience w/ a missing child of his own. I would probably let this movie play in the background while cleaning up if it came on TV, but I wouldn't watch it necessarily again.
½ September 10, 2012
Depressing movie. Good acting but not that great as a whole project. Good for one or two viewings but that's about it.
July 22, 2012
Well made, but disturbing.
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