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Plot: A detective deals with the loss of his own son while trying to uncover the identity of a boy whose mummified remains are found in a box buried for fifty years. Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 10 Oct 2009
My wife and I found this on our pay per view channel, and from the synopsis, thought it looked worth watching. We were not disappointed. This is a very good film, in the genre of "Chinatown" and "Changeling". The story without spoilers , is briefly as follows:A police detective John Hamm has lost his only son eight years earlier, when he went to the restroom in a diner. The usual guilt and strain on his marriage ensues, as he tries to go through life with this unsolved mystery haunting him. He is drawn into a case of another missing child, and becomes obsessed with that <more>
search, to try to find some vindication for what has happened to him. Throughout this exploration, the story is told in two stories, of him and the father of the other missing child, creating parallels, and differences in the two cases. Eventually the dots connect and lead to a very dramatic ending. although it's a little too neatly tied up. This is a very entertaining movie, which grabs your interest from the start, engages you with the duplicate stories throughout, and provides some twists and turns at the end, for added effect. I really enjoyed it and am surprised that it wasn't released theatrically, as I think it is much better than the current "Ghost Writer", for example. It's a good mystery tale, and very worth watching!
Based on a true story, up and coming actors, and gripping from start to finish; if you are a parent, this movie is a window through which to view your darkest fears. (by jmflath)
Lucas, Hamm, and a strong cast of actors/ actresses that deliver. Not everyone is familiar with Hamm who stars in the cable TV series "Mad Men", but this guy's future is bright. Lucas delivers yet another solid performance as well. The movie tells two stories sometimes individually, and other times simultaneously. The ending ties up most loose ends, but it is based on a true story, so not every ending is perfect.Their is no lagging at any point in the film, it grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go; this is the type of movie you want to reflect on and discuss <more>
after it is over. I was surprised when I read the demographics of who liked this movie best, since it will definitely have a stronger affect on parents than other viewers. Bottom line--if you like movies that are based on true stories that have well developed characters and an original story line, then you should give this movie a shot. I am a moviephile who likes any genre as long as the movie is good, and I hadn't seen a good movie in a few months before this one.Pros: 1.Based on a true story, so there is originality and uniqueness; which also negates the doubt some might have when unusual coincidences seem to pile up.2.Solid acting from up and comers3.Well developed characters4.Clever weaving of two stories5.Stronger impact on parents, especially when watched together since it is about child abduction6.Soundtrack enhances emotions throughout, and filming also well done Cons: 1.Serious storyline, not necessarily for those who want to be uplifted or inspired.2.One of the story lines is explained much better than the other; though this was probably done to allow the story to be presented in a more creative poignant way, it will leave you with some questions; but I wouldn't say that detracted from the movie very much since the other storyline was nicely tied up.3.Might bore those who are not as into character development and story lines as action and visual effects, and also definitely not a comedy.
I had never heard of this movie but saw it on Netflix and it looked interesting so I gave it a try. Wow, I was hooked, such powerful acting by Josh Lucas, Jon Hamm and James Van Der Beek. I haven't read all the reviews here so I don't know if anyone else has mentioned it but the makeup department definitely deserves praise for the job they did with the age makeup.The story really caught my attention, I loved how it was intertwined between the past and the present and I really enjoyed the final confrontation.I really would recommend this movie, you won't be disappointed.
A hidden gem of a film (by MattyGibbs)
I had never heard of this film before chancing upon it recently. The premise sounded OK so I decided to watch it expecting something very much run of the mill.The film centres on a policeman's Jon Hamm search to uncover the truth behind the discovery of a 50 year old corpse of a child. It also interweaves the story of a young man Josh Lucas and his 3 sons as he struggles to support his family in 1950's America. The 1950's storyline in particular is dealt with extremely well but both story lines link well together throughout the movie.I have never seen anything of Hamm's <more>
previous work and only Posieden of Lucas but was impressed by both actors who conveyed the sense of loss of a child impressively throughout. Lucas in particular was I thought outstanding. The children in the film were also impressive especially Jimmy Bennett. The rest of the cast had less to work with and the characters weren't fully fleshed out but this was probably due to the relatively short running period of the film.Once it hits its stride fairly early on this film never lets go. I found it quite moving and disturbing at the same time and for viewers with children this film will hit home in particular.Whilst it does have a few flaws, for a relatively low budget film this is extremely impressive.
I normally loath movies about the kidnapping of children but this one was fabulous! As always, Lucas performs perfectly - as does the rest of the cast.The greatest thing about this movie is the subtlety. You know what's been done to these children but it never crosses that line and shows you or goes into any great detail about it, which I very much appreciated.The characters were developed very well without long blocks of the movie taken up with boring development. The plot was easy to follow yet still intricate enough to hold your interest. I was taken aback somewhat by the revelation of <more>
the killer although I had a suspicion all along.Only had one problem with the movie and that was the fact that a cop was allowed full access to a prisoner who was a suspect in the disappearance of the cops son. That would not have happened in "real life" and I found that to be a bit distracting.Excellent movie, finely acted and written. I would highly recommend to anyone.
" My biggest fear is when i do find him what was left of us may not be enough..I hadn't been able to forgive myself.. u can't even look in the people eyes because every time you will, you will see your mistakes..so you must take the risk of loosing everything not because you want to but because you have to only then you'll have the strength to look in the mirror and forgive yourself" mistakes that we do and we can't forgive ourselves for..we keep blaming ourselves for what wasn't totally our fault while doing this we change with people we know,people we <more>
respect,people we love and by time we make real mistakes to keep them away from our lives.
Chollies' Diner is the BRIGADOON of eateries. Located beyond the fringes of "Barnstable" town, it apparently pops up--unchanged, standing in the middle of nowhere--once every century OR, whenever a child predator is nearby, whichever comes first . Blessed with an inexhaustible supply of tin whistles inscribed "keep the home fires burning" for distribution to prospective young murderees, this diner from hell is shown from 1958 to 2000 within the confines of STOLEN's story. Despite this whodunit's title, only the whistles turn out to be stolen: the kids are <more>
dispatched ASAP and promptly land-filled by their twisted killer. Though the story is nonlinear and somewhat hard to follow, the power of the acting performances and the lack of gratuitous torture porn make this a worthwhile diversion. Josh Lucas Matthew is especially haunting as a hard-pressed father of three facing bad luck and ill will from his fellow man at nearly every turn during the story's flashbacks to 1958. Morena Baccarin is striking as a femme fatale, and Jimmy Bennett is convincing as Matthew's differently-abled son, John. This is a movie for people who don't mind being surprised by turns in the plot.
The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com (by Tss5078)
When you watch a lot of independent and direct-to-video films, you see a lot of garbage, but occasionally you find a gem that makes it all worthwhile, Stolen, is one of those gems. This story was so intriguing and well written that I was absolutely blown away. The film is about a detective whose son went missing, without a trace, eight years ago. The trail is cold and he's beginning to accept that he will never find him, when a local construction crew finds a boy in a box. The body has been there for at least fifty years, but the case awakens something in the detective who has to learn <more>
the truth. From there, quite ingeniously, the film is divided into three different stories, the story of the boy in the box, the detectives investigation, and the story of his own child. It was seriously like watching three different movies at once, and they were all great! The cast was pretty phenomenal too, as this was a very hard thing to pull off, but they did it seemingly with ease. Josh Lucas just blew my mind, giving an unrivaled performance as the father of the other missing boy. I've seen him in things before, but nothing was as memorable as this. Stolen is a film that consists of three stories in once, that will pull on your emotions and have you on the edge of your seat. It's one of the best films I've seen all year and I can't recommend it enough!