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Abduction (2011)

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A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Oriah Acima Andrews ...
Steve Blass ...
Game Announcer
Derek Burnell ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Driver (as Ben Cain)
Holly Scott Cavanaugh ...
Mrs. Murphy
Mike Clark ...
News Reporter
Short Sleeves
Red Flannel


High school seniors Nathan and Karen find a website with photos of children who are missing or believed abducted. One of the photos is of Nathan as a child, putting into question the identities of the couple whom he's always called Mom and Dad. Contacting the site to learn more only results in Nathan becoming the target of an intense, high-tech, international manhunt. Before his "parents" can explain themselves, they are executed by hired guns, and Nathan is on the run with Karen in tow (who just happened to be there at the wrong time). Phone use by either of them only connects directly to a man claiming to be C.I.A., in whom they find reasons not to trust. With encroaching shootouts, car chases, hand-to-hand combat and explosions around them, this seems quite much for a mere case of child abduction, and Nathan can only rely on the wrestling, boxing and martial arts skills taught by his "dad" to protect both himself and Karen as they follow a lead to find Martin, Nathan's biological ... Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They Stole His Life. He's Taking It Back. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Погоня  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,925,253 (USA) (23 September 2011)


$28,064,226 (USA) (9 December 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main cast members in this film have participated in major franchises at one point or another in their careers;
  • Director John Singleton has directed one of the Fast and The Furious films.

  • Taylor Lautner (Nathan) has starred in the Twilight Saga.

  • Lily Collins starred in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which was meant to start a new franchise.

  • Alfred Molina played Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2.

  • Jason Isaacs has appeared in the Harry Potter Franchise.

  • Maria Bello appeared in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

And Sigourney Weaver has appeared in the Alien Franchise as Ripley. See more »


Protective headgear is required to be worn in high school wrestling in Pennsylvania (and most of the United States), yet none of the wrestlers are wearing any. See more »


[first lines]
Nathan: [screaming] Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! Whoo! Yeah, baby! Yeah, Gilly, get out here!
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DJ Love Song
Written by Shyralessia Worthen
Performed by SuperStar Shyra
Courtesy of Pike and Pine Music
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User Reviews

ABS-olutely for fans of Taylor Lautner
23 September 2011 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

If you are a female fan of the "Twilight" series, there is probably only one thing you need to know about this movie: yes, lead star Taylor Lautner takes off his shirt at the slightest excuse to show off those washboard abs.

For those who are not interested in Lautner, I am afraid there's ABSolutely nothing in "Abduction" for you - unless you like half-baked spy thrillers, lame acting and asinine script.

The plot is about high school student Nathan Price (Taylor Lautner) who stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website. He realises that his parents (Maria Bello and Jason Isaacs) are not his own and that his life is a lie. As Nathan starts to search for his true identity and his biological parents, he is being targeted by a team of rogue agents, forcing him to flee with his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins). He begins to realize that his fabricated life is hiding a dangerous truth.

In writing this screenplay, I suspect that writers Shawn Christensen and Jeffrey Nachmanoff must have pieced together ideas from The Bourne Identity and the recent Hanna - and come out with this harebrained plot. But the truth could be that director John Singleton and the film-makers do not really care about the plot: they just want an excuse to show heart-throb Lautner and Collins on the run from some baddies (who included Swedish icon Michael Nyqvist of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") in order to film some action sequences.

Indeed, many films have gotten away with idiotic plots - provided they have stars that audiences could root for. Alas, Lautner seems incapable of having more than a couple of expressions and he can't act to save his life. Neither can Collins despite the strong support of veterans like Sigourney Weaver (as Nathan's shrink) and Alfred Molina (as a CIA exec). All through the first half, Singleton keeps the audience wondering why Nathan is being chased and in the second half, his aim is probably to keep them from walking out of the cineplex. ABS-olutely for Lautner fans. (limchangmoh.blogspot.com)

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