In 1997, first time director Simon West partnered with up-and-coming action star Nicolas Cage for Con Air. For West it was the start of a successful directing career, which has since included helming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, and most recently The Expendables 2. And, as we all know, Nicolas Cage has assumed a role as one of the hardest working men in Hollywood.
Now the two are reuniting, nearly 15 years later, for the film Stolen. We hadn't heard much about Stolen up until now, aside from early details back when it was titled Medallion, but the first trailer for Stolen will keep audiences well informed.
In the film, Nicolas Cage plays Will Montgomery; a skilled thief who - through some old fashioned double crossing - ends up serving 8 years in prison. Now free, Montgomery must try to repair the life he left behind - principally his relationship with his daughter Allison (Sami Gayle).
Unfortunately, Will's old partner Vincent (The Firm's Josh Lucas) has other plans. Vincent kidnaps Allison, places her in the back of a taxi, and asks Will to recover the $10 Million in bonds he is believed to have stored before entering prison. Ticking clocks, FBI agents on Will's tail, and a secret about the money all stand in Will's way, and it's up to him to complete one last job, lest he never see Allison again.
It's not a completely new plot – reasonably upstanding guy with a troubled past must use his skills to steal "something" for the bad guys – but the presence of Nicolas Cage is always a wild card. Part of me likes to imagine that this is Nicolas Cage's character from Con Air a few years down the road - just look at the stuffed animal he's purchased for the reunion with his daughter, and you'll see what I mean.
Cage's real-life residence of New Orleans is used as a backdrop for Stolen, and helps provide a city always on-the-go and in constant need of taxis. West could have gone for New York, but there's no doubt Cage was able to convince him New Orleans was a perfect spot to shoot.
In addition to Cage and Lucas, Stolen features Danny Huston (Magic City) as one of the FBI agents on his tail, and Malin Akerman (Watchmen) as a former cohort of Will's, who must once again help him pull off a large heist. David Guggenheim (Safe House) wrote the script and Millenium Films is handling the domestic distribution.
Stolen will be out in Theaters on September 14, 2012.