US / 96 minutes / color / Millennium, Nu Image, Saturn Dir: Simon West Pr: Rene Besson, Jesse Kennedy, Matthew Joynes Scr: David Guggenheim Cine: Jim Whitaker Cast: Nicolas Cage, Josh Lucas, Danny Huston, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Edrick Browne, Mark Valley, Barry Shabaka Henley, M.C. Gainey, Garrett Hines, Tanc Sade, Dan Braverman, Jon Eyez.
A movie that’s filled with noirish tropes—it begins with an extended heist sequence of length and ambition comparable to such classic equivalents as that in The ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950)!—yet has more the taste of a caper. It’s fast and entertaining fun, relying on its pace and narrative flair to ease the viewer past rather more by way of egregious plot holes than there should be.
The heist is of a New Orleans bank and is conducted by a gang led by Will “Gum” Montgomery (Cage); the rest of the team are Vincent “Vince” Kinsey (Lucas), Donald Hoyt (Gainey) and Riley Jeffers (Akerman). What they don’t know is that Continue reading
vt Stolen Lives
US / 91 minutes / color / A2, Code, Arclight, IFC Dir: Anders Anderson Pr: Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, Eugene Musso, Anders Anderson, Andy Steinman Scr: Glenn Taranto Cine: Andy Steinman Cast: Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas, Rhona Mitra, James Van Der Beek, Jessica Chastain, Joanna Cassidy, Jimmy Bennett, Morena Baccarin, Michael Cudlitz, Andy Milder, Holt McCallany, Marcus Thomas, Ty Panitz, Kali Rocha, Beth Grant.
Eight years ago, while cop Tom Adkins (Hamm) briefly visited the restroom, his 10-year-old son Tommy Jr (Panitz) disappeared from the diner where they’d been eating, never to be seen again; he’s convinced Tommy Jr was murdered by a man called Bert Rogianni, who has recently been sentenced for two other child abductions/murders but staunchly denies having killed Tom’s son.
Tommy Jr’s room is kept just as he left it.
When a call comes that the skeleton of a child has been discovered buried in a box at a construction site, Tom and his wife Barbara (Mitra) assume that at last Tommy Jr has been found. But Continue reading