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The Stolen (film)

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The Stolen is a 2017 British film that takes place in New Zealand.

0 out of 10 stars.  I was bored to tears.  There are way too many directors anxious to make misogynistic films in which the entire story is beating on one woman over and over and over again.  This is one of them.

1800s New Zealand

Charlotte is a young British woman who falls in love with David who marries her and takes her to his farm in New Zealand.  She loves living there and David and within a year they have an infant son Arthur.

One night two masked men break into their house and hold them at gunpoint.  One holds their son; the other empties the safe.  Fearing their son will be hurt, they don’t do anything.  Then, as the two men are leaving with Arthur, David shoots one of them.  He shoots back, killing David.

Charlotte is left without a husband and without her son.  When the local police fail to find her son or any evidence of him, she assumes he’s dead.  Then a letter arrives with a photo of her son and a note saying he’s alive and well but only if you send 500 pounds.  So she follows the trail of the letter to a small mining town called Gold Town.  And it happens to be run by the very man who murdered her husband and kidnapped her son.  His own wife and child died and he was hoping by sending that letter she would come and find him.

She gets away with Arthur with the help of a Maori man, but they are followed and the Maori man is shot and killed.  It eventually comes down to a fight between Charlotte and McCullen, the man who runs Gold Town.  He doesn’t think she’ll shoot him, but she does.  Then she takes Arthur home.

0 out of 10 stars.  Boring.  The only action in this film are the terrible things that keep happening to Charlotte, making it a pretty depressing and misogynistic film.  I would not recommend it to anyone.




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