As far as heist films go, Stolen is a competent product telling the age-old story of an ex-con forced by circumstances to return to criminal life. It even throws in the standard heist film tropes about honour and solidarity among thieves, and the consequences of breaking that code of honour. The kidnapping sub-plot is even brilliant as it involves stolen identities, misdirection, and a long chase sequence in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Hell, even Josh Lucas as the mentally unhinged and very vengeful former accomplice and now extortionist-kidnapper manages to out-crazy Nic Cage and steal every scene they're both in.
As far as its premise and concepts go, Stolen should clear the bar easily as a B-film. Its Achilles' heel though happens to be its script, which just lacks that extra little something in it to take Stolen to B-movie greatness, and instead has that little bit of mediocrity to diminish the film into an unimaginative crime thriller filled with the requisite number of car stunts, loud action set pieces, and an unnecessary fire-breathing showdown that feels out of place given the heist genre and the film's buildup.
Going straight to DVD in many countries in the coming weeks, Stolen is still a watchable Nicolas Cage film that's entertaining enough if you don't mind its flaws.