This Time it's Personal
When a case she was working on went wrong, Det. Stacey Wilkins (Andrea Roth - Committed), of the abduction squad, is signed off from work due to PTSD whilst a hot shot detective takes her place. But after returning to work against the wishes of her boyfriend, Jack (Steve Bacic - Undergrad Nightmare), their daughter, Sarah (Sarah Dugdale), is abducted by Martha Dixel (Rachel Hayward - Driven Underground) who has been released after serving only 4 years of a sentence for cold bloodedly running down the person who killed her family. Now Stacey is going to get her daughter back even if she has to deal with the new cocky detective who is trying to score points off of her and get her thrown out of the force for being unstable.
It takes something to stick with a movie when it starts rough and trust me "Stolen Daughter" starts rough with Stacey suffering a flashback nightmare to the events which left her suffering from PTSD. From detectives going gung ho to shouting out some ridiculous dialogue during the heat of the chase the smell of bad cheese wafts up from "Stolen Daughter" with such ferocity that it could make you gag. The good news is that this opening smell of cheese dissipates and an okay movie starts to emerge, so stick with it.
Now I said okay and to be honest "Stolen Daughter" is only okay at best as we watch Stacey up against all sorts of opposition from her Jack to the detective heading up the abduction squad trying to manipulate the situation to get her kicked off the force. But of course whilst Stacey has to overcome various obstacles and doubters you know that she will be the one to crack the case and find out where Martha has hidden her daughter. To be frank, there is frankly little in the way of surprises when it comes to how "Stolen Daughter" plays out.
That leads me to how "Stolen Daughter" comes across, and that is a movie to show case Andrea Roth's talents as she plays the dominant character through out. The trouble is that not only doesn't the movie tax Roth as an actress but with her blonde hair flicking all over the place when ever she runs her character almost feels like it belongs in the 70's version of "Charlie's Angels".
What this all boils down to is that if you want a movie which won't tax you then "Stolen Daughter" should keep you entertained with Andrea Roth being likeable and the storyline is easy to follow. But if you expect anything more than obvious and okay at best it could end up a slog.