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What happens when a man with everything a beautiful wife (Nicole Kidman), a teenage daughter (Liana Liberato) and a wealthy estate is confronted with the reality of losing it all? That is what Kyle Miller (Nicolas Cage) must come to terms with as he and his family become the victims of a vicious home invasion. Led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn) and Jonah (Cam Gigandet), a gang of cold-blooded thugs holds Kyle and his loved ones hostage as they carry out their plans to take everything that Kyle holds dear, including his life.
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Nicolas Cage: Academy Award Winner and all out Action Star. Films: National Treasure, Lord of War, Adaptation, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Bad Lieutenant. Nicole Kidman: Academy Award Winner. Films: Rabbit Hole, Cold Mountain, The Others, Moulin Rouge. Cam Gigandet: The Roommate, Easy A, Twilight
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The good news is that the movie is a step above some of the cheesy movies Cage has become known for the past few years (I'm looking at you Bangkok Dangerous, Season Of The Witch, The Wicker Man, Next and Drive Angry). Cage plays the lead, Kyle, and plays a sleazy businessman with his trophy wife (Kidman) who on the surface lives the life of luxury. Kidman plays Sarah, the sexy repressed trophy wife who wants her husband with her instead of the road. They also have a rebellious teenaged daughter named Avery.
Their home is broken into and they are attacked by four masked kidnappers who demand Kyle had over his nest egg and the diamonds he transfers for his sleazy clients. This is the best part of the film as the kidnappers try to just muscle there way to the money and then begin to brutally torture the leads when Cage doesn't go along with them and fights back to protect his family. The film is relentless as the kidnappers will go to whatever lengths they have to get the money they came to get. Kidman does a good job as well although her role is a bit underutilized as she spends large blocks of the movie standing off to the side screaming during violent scenes.
The third act is primarly where the film's weaknesses are located. It is when the film becomes more about the kidnappers instead of the family. You get a lot of backstory as the kidnappers start to argue and have conflict amongst themselves. Unnecessary twist after twist is revealed about their individiual motivations for going after this particular family. All the while this is going on Cage, Kidman and the daughter are laying in the background like extras.
That said the film really teases you and you want to see the family take out the kidnappers so badly that you are really hoping to see some violent revenge at the end of the movie.
Its not a great movie, or even an original story, but Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman don't phone it and are believable enough that they make for an entertaining movie.
Uninspired casting, bad plot, bad results: disappointment. It felt like wearing a Chanel gown to a basketball game.
So, all my 3 stars go to their acting. None for the movie.