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Abduction -- When Nathan (Taylor Launter), who has always felt distanced from his parents, discovers that he was kidnapped as a child, he begins to uncover a vast conspiracy and must go on the run in order to survive.
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Abduction -- When Nathan (Launter), who has always felt distanced from his parents, discovers that he was kidnapped as a child, he begins to uncover a vast conspiracy and must go on the run in order to survive.

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23 September 2011 (USA) See more »
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What if your entire life was a lie? See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Bland action thriller that tries- but fails- to be the younger Bourne, no thanks to Taylor Lautner's hammy acting See more (157 total) »

Cast

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Alfred Molina ... Burton

Maria Bello ... Mara

Jason Isaacs ... Kevin Harper

Denzel Whitaker ... Gilly

Michael Nyqvist ... Nikola Kozlow
Jake Andolina ... CIA Man
Oriah Acima Andrews ... Riah

Ken Arnold ... Thermal
Steve Blass ... Game Announcer

Lily Collins ... Karen
Derek Burnell ... Hot Dog Vendor

Benjamin J. Cain Jr. ... Driver (as Ben Cain)
Holly Scott Cavanaugh ... Mrs. Murphy

Radick Cembrzynski ... Kozlow's Tech

Richard Cetrone ... Gregory
Mike Clark ... News Reporter

Taylor Lautner ... Nathan

Jack Erdie ... Short Sleeves
Rita Gregory ... Nurse

Tim Griffin ... Red Flannel
Nathan Hollabaugh ... Cop
Mike Lee ... Tech
James Liebro ... Stadium Usher
Frank Lloyd ... Brighton Beach #2
Christopher Mahoney ... Caretaker

Emily Peachey ... Girl

William Peltz ... Jake

Elisabeth Röhm ... Woman / Lorna (as Elisabeth Rohm)

Nickola Shreli ... Alek

Victor Slezak ... Tom Shealey

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Mr. Miles

Antonique Smith ... Agent Burns
Adam Stanley ... CIA SWAT Leader
Art Terry ... Amtrak Security Guard

Ilia Volok ... Sweater

Sigourney Weaver ... Dr. Bennett

Cherokee Walker ... Helicopter Pilot

Allen Williamson ... Billy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Amen ... Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Diedra Arthur-O'Ree ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
David Barckhoff ... Party Guest / Pirate Fan (uncredited)
Matt Black ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Daniel Clayton ... High School Student / Partygoer (uncredited)

K.J. Duffey ... Party Guest / Game Spectator (uncredited)

Joe Fishel ... Pirates Fan (uncredited)
Jim Fitzgerald ... CIA Agent #1 (uncredited)
Brittany Forringer ... Driver / Pirate Fan (uncredited)

Bryan Friday ... Brighton Beach (uncredited)
Grace Gentiluomo ... Airport Arrival (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... E.M.T. (uncredited)
Robert Edward Healy III ... PNC Park Security Guard (uncredited)
Jimmy Herring ... Band Member (uncredited)

Jade Ingiosi ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Stefanie Jula ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)

William Kania ... CIA Tactical (uncredited)

Kirk Kelly ... Student / Passanger (uncredited)
Sharyn Kmieciak ... Hospital Visitor / Baseball Fan (uncredited)
James Lloyd ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Laurie Mann ... Pirate Fan (uncredited)

Tiffany Sander McKenzie ... Woman in ER Waiting Room (uncredited)
Doug Michaels ... Party Boy (uncredited)

Michael A. Migliore ... Pittsburgh Pirate Fan (uncredited)

Dermot Mulroney ... Martin Price (uncredited)
Bradley Naedele ... Fake ID Dude (uncredited)

Phil Nardozzi ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Mark Nearing ... Brighton Beach 1 (uncredited)

Holly Neelie ... Passerby (uncredited)
Dave Parsons ... CIA Agent Photographer (uncredited)

Joanna Theobalds ... Teacher (uncredited)
Bradley Walkowiak ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Bailee Watters ... Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Singleton 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Shawn Christensen (written by)

Produced by
Jeremy Bell .... executive producer
Patrick Crowley .... producer (as Pat Crowley)
Doug Davison .... producer
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein .... producer
Anthony Katagas .... executive producer
Anthony Katagas .... line producer
Dan Lautner .... producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Gabriel Mason .... executive producer
Lee Stollman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ed Shearmur  (as Edward Shearmur)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Menzies Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Cannon (edited by)
 
Casting by
Alan Lee 
Joseph Middleton 
 
Production Design by
Keith Brian Burns 
 
Art Direction by
Liba Daniels 
 
Set Decoration by
Julie Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Patty Bell .... additional makeup artist
Mary Burton .... makeup artist
Rachel Geary .... key makeup artist
Nancy Keslar .... hair stylist
Karen Lovell .... hair stylist
Evelyne Noraz .... makeup department head
Christopher Patrick .... additional makeup artist
David Presto .... custom tattoo artist
Linda Williams .... additional hair stylist
 
Production Management
Terra Abroms .... post-production supervisor
John Fedynich .... production supervisor
Anthony Katagas .... unit production manager
Mark W. McCoy .... post production manager (as Mark McCoy)
Curtis A. Miller .... production director: Lionsgate
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brad Martin .... second unit director
Walter E. Myal .... additional second assistant director
Francisco Ortiz .... second assistant director
Susan Ransom-Coyle .... second second assistant director
Stephen D. Shepard .... dga trainee
Michelle Skaneski .... second second assistant director: additional photography unit
Doug Torres .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Luke Andrade .... set dresser
Ian Michael Andrew .... carpenter
Demian Aspinwall .... set dresser
Norman Beck .... carpenter
Matthew Carraher .... set dresser
Peter C. Clarke .... property master
Nick D'Abo .... model construction coordinator: Kerner Optical
Warren Drummond .... storyboard artist
Jay Durrwachter .... assistant art director
Faith Farrell .... painter
Ellie H. Ferrari .... art swing gang
Erin Fite .... set decorating buyer
David Hall .... art department assistant
David Hassinger .... set dresser
Joshua Hogan .... painter
Smith Harper Hutchings .... on set painter
Norm Johnson .... carpenter
John A. Kelly .... scenic charge
Jason Kirker .... carpenter
Luke Kislak .... greens
Kristin Lekki .... art department coordinator
Spanky Lofland .... carpenter
Merissa Lombardo .... buyer
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Christina Myal .... graphic designer
Donald Lee Rager .... key greens
Donald Lee Rager .... set dresser
Julie Ray .... set designer
Brent Rice .... leadman
Trevor Schliefer .... set: reshoots
Ramsey Smith .... general foreperson
Tom Strong .... carpenter
Alex Surgent .... assistant to construction coordinator
Jim Wallis .... set designer
Maranda Wodzinski .... construction pa
Nikki Young .... set dec pa
Jeremy Zerechak .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... mix technician
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist
William R. Dean .... supervising sound editor
Jim Emswiller .... sound utility
Kirk Francis .... production sound mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Daniel S. Irwin .... dialogue editor
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Kelly Roofner .... utility sound: reshoots
Chris Strollo .... boom operator
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Gayle Wesley .... first assistant sound editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound effects editor
James Wright .... dolby sound consultant
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Dan Hauck .... model maker
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Richard Moran .... special effects technician
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Raul Arellano .... digital compositor: Exozet
Jamie Baxter .... compositor
Trinh Baxter .... digital artist
Carrie Bryant .... rotoscope artist
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Ayse Dedeoglu .... visual effects production manager: Kerner Optical (as Ayse Arkali)
Patricia Rose Duignan .... visual effects executive producer: Kerner Optical
Aaron Eaton .... roto artist
Matt Eaton .... roto artist
Chris Ervin .... visual effects artist
Patricia Feldmann .... lead digital artist
Martin Fischer .... digital compositor
Michael Sean Foley .... cg supervisor
Brian Fortune .... compositor
Mathias Frodin .... digital compositor
Eduardo Garcia .... rotoscope artist
Daniel Goertz .... pipeline technical director
Gero Grimm .... compositor
Falk Gärtner .... senior compositor
Cortney Haile .... visual effects executive
Rachel Faith Hanson .... visual effects coordinator
Spencer Hecox .... lead digital compositor
Tyler Kehl .... visual effects producer
Dean Lewandowski .... previsualization artist
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Heinrich Maas .... lead senior compositor
Nathan McGuinness .... senior visual effects supervisor
Roger Mocenigo .... digital compositor: XY&Z
Kama Moiha .... compositor: Method Studios
Gustavo A. Pablik .... visual effects coordinator
Francesco Panzieri .... digital compositor: 2G Digital Post
Mitch Paulson .... supervising digital colorist
Jason Sanford .... visual effects producer
Juliane Schaloske .... visual effects assistant
Aaron Schultz .... visual effects artist: CIS Hollywood
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Martin Springer .... digital compositor
Pat Sweeney .... visual effects director of photography: Kerner Optical
Mike Uguccioni .... visual effects supervisor
Michele C. Vallillo .... visual effects producer: Method Studios
Dan Walden .... visual effects artist
Kevin Wallace .... manager of operations: Kerner Optical
Ashley J. Ward .... visual effects coordinator
Matt Wilson .... compositor
 
Stunts
Hank Amos .... stunt performer
Randall Archer .... stunt double
Daniel Arrias .... stunts
Johnny Becker .... stunts
Alex Benevent .... stunts
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunt double: Sigourney Weaver
Freddy Bouciegues .... stunts
Michael T. Brady .... stunt player
Nick Brandon .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt driver
Damon Caro .... stunts
Zack Duhame .... stunts
Christopher Jon Gombos .... stunts
Daniel Hernandez .... stunts
Stephen Izzi .... utility stunts
Mandy Kowalski .... stunt double: Lily Collins
Theo Kypri .... stunt double: Nickola Shreli
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunt performer
Brad Martin .... stunt coordinator
Heidi Moneymaker .... stunts
Caryn Mower .... stunts
Mike Mukatis .... stunts
Chris Palermo .... stunt driver
Peewee Piemonte .... utility stunts
Tim Rigby .... stunts
Bridgett Riley .... stunt double: Maria Bello
J.C. Robaina .... stunt rigger
Matthew Rugetti .... stunt double: Taylor Lautner
Todd Schneider .... assistant stunt coordinator
Todd Schneider .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Zachary Sondrini .... stunt double: Nickola Shreli
Zachary Sondrini .... stunts
Ryan Watson .... stunts
Jen Weissenberg .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Abbott .... loader: second unit
Darrell Abbott .... rigging electrician
Allan Barch .... electrician: re-shoots
Jarrett Buba .... electrician: re-shoots
A. Anthony Cappello .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Cheli Clayton .... first assistant camera
Jason Cortazzo .... libra head technician
Richard S. Crumrine Jr. .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as Richard Crumrine)
Pat Dames .... key rigger
Isaac Denair .... additional electrician
Brian Deutsch .... grip
Bob Dodd .... electrician
John Donaldson .... electrician
Josh Drylie .... rigging grip
Gregory L. Edwards .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Ray 'Chazz' Edwards .... rigging grip
Sean Edwards .... grip
Jason Ellson .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Jason Ellson .... steadicam operator: second unit
Michael S. Epley .... dolly grip
Michael Fitzgerald .... epk photographer
Matt Fortlage .... second assistant camera: second unit
Paul Hazard .... best boy electric
Kevin Hogan .... moving light programmer
Colin Hudson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Colin Hudson .... steadicam operator
Roger C. Johnson .... video assist operator
Travis Johnston .... electrician
Jason Jouver .... grip
Keitt .... first assistant camera: second unit
Luke Kislak .... rigging grip
Pete Klingenberg .... electrician
Josh Kubizne .... additional electrician
Bob Leitelt .... rigging key grip
Jordan Lippert .... rigging grip
Nic Lockerman .... rigging grip
Dante Ludovici .... electrician
Benjamin Macensky .... electrician
Larry Markart .... key video engineer
Chuck May .... best boy grip: second unit
Chuck May .... grip
Travis McMunn .... aerial camera technician: Tyler Camera System
Dennis C. Miller Jr. .... rigging grip: second unit
Joseph E. Myers .... electrician
Ron Newburn .... electrician
Justin Novak .... grip
Jaim O'Neil .... electrician
Brian S. Osmond .... camera operator: second unit
Andrew Peck .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael C. Price .... key grip
Ryan Rayner .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Brennan Reilly .... grip
Lance Rieck .... scorpio head technician
Eric Riedmann .... electrician: re-shoots
Pete Romano .... underwater director of photography: additional photography
Kelly Roofner .... electrician
Amanda Rotzler .... additional loader
Landon Ruddel .... best boy grip
Matt Schafer .... electrician: re-shoots
Christopher A. Schenck .... camera operator: "c" camera, second unit (as Chris Schenck)
Amishjim Schulze .... grip
Colin Sheehy .... film loader
Doug Stanczak .... additional grip
Doug Stanczak .... best boy paparazzo grip: re-shoots
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David Swiech .... rigging electrician
Bruce W. Talamon .... still photographer
Jon Thurner .... grip: additional photography
John E. Tremba .... grip
Jeff Vandermolen .... best boy electric: re-shoots
Amy Vincent .... additional director of photography: additional photography
Jared Wellman .... best boy electric
Steve Wolfe .... first assistant camera: "c" camera, second unit
Eric Wycoff .... camera operator: "b" camera
Eric Wycoff .... director of photography: second unit
Nick Zinobile .... company grip: re-shoots
Nick Zinobile .... grip: additional photography
 
Casting Department
Tineka Becker .... casting associate
Donna M. Belajac .... casting: Pittsburgh
Marquita Bradley .... extras casting assistant
Kathryn Calogero .... casting assistant
Emily Klindworth .... extras casting assistant
Laura Zech .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Anthony .... personal costumer: Taylor Lautner
Darcie Buterbaugh .... costume supervisor
Paul John Carli .... costume assistant
Michelle Christensen .... costume coordinator
Michelle Christensen .... wardrobe supervisor: additional photography
Alison Evans .... set costumer
Crystal Gomes .... set costumer
Amanda Jenkins .... set costumer: additional photography
Mia La Monica .... wardrobe production assistant
Stephanie Macdougall .... wardrobe assistant
Mara Majorowicz .... set costumer
Tori Musial .... costume intern
Laura Sewrey .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Ray Boniker .... visual effects editor
Aaron Brock .... assistant editor
Rick J. Brown .... colorist: dailies (as Rick Brown)
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
Marisa Clayton .... project manager: modern videofilm
Joe Finley .... digital preview colorist
Jermaine R. Gill .... color correction assistant
Ken Lebre .... dailies producer
Stephen Mannella .... post-production assistant
Sean Mattini .... colorist assistant
Christopher McDonald .... dailies operator
Justin Powell .... post-production assistant
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... additional editor (as Dwight Raymond)
Rosalie A. Staley .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Ariana Young .... post-production coordinator
Zach Chamberlin .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant
Bryan Carrigan .... digital score recordist
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer
Tina Guo .... cello soloist
John Houlihan .... music consultant
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Stephanie Lowry .... music editor
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Giona Ostinelli .... composer assistant: Midi Transcription
Robert Puff .... music preparation
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
Shie Rozow .... music editor: temp score
David Sabee .... conductor
David Sabee .... music contractor
Willa Yudell .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Louis Batsidis .... driver: cast
Dan Bianco .... transportation captain
Ron Goddard .... production driver
Stephen Hough .... transportation
Donald A. Kraus .... transportation coordinator
Michael Luckeroth .... driver: honeywagon
Patrick Richert .... driver: cast
Heather Roche-Kurtz .... driver
Judy Strazzera .... dispatcher
Gabe Turiello .... camera car driver
Jeff Walters .... picture car coordinator
Patrick Wilson .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Darrell Abbott .... accounting clerk
John Adkins .... location manager
Ashley Bearden .... production coordinator
Anthony Beckwith .... production assistant
Clint Beishir .... production assistant
Alex Benevent .... office production assistant
Alex Benevent .... production secretary: reshoots
Stephanie Bertoni .... production staff
Katri Billard .... script supervisor: second unit
Ana Birch .... additional script supervisor
Hannah Boyce .... post production intern
Timothy Brodsky .... post production intern
Robert Brown .... body double & hand double
Lindsey Bugaj .... stand-in
Carol Sue Byron .... production accountant: additional photography
Jason Calabro .... location assistant
Jason Calabro .... location scouting
Erin Cappiccie .... assistant to producers
Will Casey .... unit publicist
Cathy Cavadini .... adr voice artist
Lela Checco .... craft service
Jason Chorba .... production assistant
Monica Ciszczon .... set production assistant
Marisa Clayton .... project manager: Modern VideoFilm
Ami Cohen .... production department coordinator
Ciara D'Altorio .... set production assistant: reshoots
Natalie Damico .... travel coordinator
Michael DeLucia .... production assistant
Eric Dilucente .... location manager: second unit
Gregg Edler .... production coordinator: additional photography
Marissa Fiore .... unit p.a.
Laura J. Fox .... first assistant accountant
John Gaydos .... stand-in
Vincent Giarratano .... key set production assistant
Lindsay Gores .... production staff
John Graber .... key second assistant accountant
John Graber .... on-set accountant
Pamela B. Green .... producer: main titles
Steve Hamaday .... location assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr loop group
Sam Harris .... utility stand-in
Missy Haught .... production assistant
Liam Hearne .... post production accountant
Kate Hennessy .... production assistant
David K. Henry .... production financing
Eric Hollenbeck .... set production assistant: reshoots
Kent Jackson .... location manager: second unit
Kevin Jacobs .... production assistant
Kevin Jacobs .... set production assistant
Jeffrey Jones .... stand-in
Koree Koloskee .... location coordinator
Beth Koshinski .... payroll accountant: reshoots
Lauren Brooke Kurfirst .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Mia La Monica .... production assistant: second unit
Deondre Laster .... production assistant
Craig Lederman .... set production assistant: additional photography
Craig Lederman .... set production assistant: second unit
Craig Lederman .... stand-in
Alan Lee .... production assistant
Drew Levinson .... assistant: Mr. Crowley
Jeff Lowery .... set production assistant
Stephanie Lytle .... accounting clerk
James A. Mahathey .... location scout: second unit
Jennifer Manypenny .... office production assistant (as Jennifer Maurer)
Todd A. Marks .... computer/video playback supervisor
Grayson Maxwell .... production assistant
Lindsay Mayfield .... production assistant
Jeanette L. McDuffie .... assistant: John Singleton
Rob McEntegart .... senior executive vice president: Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Jonathan Medeiros .... production assistant
Brenden Meers .... key set production assistant: second unit
Brenden Meers .... production assistant
Ken Melchior .... helicopter pilot
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business affairs
Liliana M. Molina .... script supervisor
Kevon Murphy .... chef
Walter E. Myal .... set production assistant
Drew Nicholas .... locations production assistant
Ben Noftzger .... office production assistant: reshoots
Meredith Nunnikhoven .... production assistant
Robert Chase Pallone .... production assistant
Timothy Papciak .... production assistant
Jared Passante .... set production assistant
Jason Planitzer .... assistant location manager
Zack Radvansky .... stand-in
Emily Rice .... post production accountant
Jacqueline Roberts .... lead payroll accountant
Branden Ryan .... location assistant
Trevor Schliefer .... production assistant
Luke Sebbens .... stand-in: Taylor Lautner
Megan Shaffer .... office production assistant
Shawn Shelpman .... production assistant
Molly Shifferly .... assistant production office coordinator
Joshua Shomo .... craft service assistant
Joshua Shomo .... splinter: key craft service
Stuart Skrien .... unit location manager
Donna Sloan .... executive vice president: production, Lions Gate Films
Lisa Smith-Reed .... clearance/product placement coordinator (as Lisa Smith)
Sidney Sokoloff .... stand-in
Chris Solomon .... production assistant
Zachary Sondrini .... assistant to Ali Shearmur: reshoots
Zachary Sondrini .... production secretary
Russell Steele .... production accountant
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Amanda Sutton .... post production payroll accountant
Anthony Jason Tigner .... main titles: associate producer
Randy Troy .... production assistant (as Randall Marshall Troy)
Cory Tucek .... production assistant
Cherokee Walker .... aerial coordinator
Bradley Walkowiak .... production assistant
Jonathan Henry Way .... location production assistant
David H. 'Wino' Weinstein .... location manager
Leah Winkler .... office production assistant
Michael Zvonar .... set production assistant
 
Thanks
Joyce E. Baucum .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
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145 out of 194 people found the following review useful.
Bland action thriller that tries- but fails- to be the younger Bourne, no thanks to Taylor Lautner's hammy acting, 21 September 2011
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

Five minutes. That was how long it took before Taylor Lautner took his shirt off in his purportedly gritty action thriller 'Abduction'- and depending on how you took to that fact, you may find yourself enjoying every minute of it or cringing in disbelief. Right from the start, this Taylor-made vehicle makes no excuses for being a breakout role for the 'Twilight' star- after all, if Team Edward (or Robert Pattinson) can do it, then there's no reason why Team Jacob can't do likewise.

Nonetheless, it seems that Team Jacob should have just stayed in the woods of Forks, Washington, for this insipid Bourne-wannabe does him nor his fans no favours. Rather, (and we may be risking our life and limb by saying this) it only demonstrates his limitations as an actor, especially since he practically recycles the same angsty broody expression throughout the film that he had already put forth umpteen times in the 'Twilight' movies. And no, being a teenager who discovers that the people you call 'mother' and 'father' aren't in fact your real parents isn't much of an excuse too.

That's the predicament Lautner's character Nathan finds himself in one day, after stumbling across a website with photos of missing children and using some software to approximate what one of those kids could look like as a teenager. Though that's the very premise of the movie, the least we expected was for debut feature film screenwriter Shawn Christensen to come up with a better lead in than just some stupid research assignment Nathan and his girl next door Karen (Lily Collins, daughter of singer Phil) was assigned to work together on.

Logic and coherence are however too much evidently to demand, as one would have to suspend both to believe that Nathan is suddenly at the centre of global espionage with both the good guys (led by 'Spiderman 2's' Alfred Molina) and the bad guys (led by Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist from 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo') in pursuit. Apparently, Nathan is the son of a top secret CIA undercover operative whose 'parents' (Jason Isaacs and Maria Bello) are fellow CIA agents sent to protect him while his father is away. As with all chases, the aim is for something that Nathan has in his possession- some encrypted code with the names of dirty CIA agents.

It takes almost half an hour before the action kicks in, the introduction that sets up Nathan's adolescent issues and his secret high-school crush on Karen pure tedium that is definitely not director John Singleton's forte. Thankfully, the pace picks up considerably once Nathan is thrust into that implausible situation, with Singleton clearly at ease setting up the film's various action sequences. One of the first that sees Nathan's 'parents' murdered is shot and edited for maximum thrills, and the climax set in a packed stadium with a live baseball match also packs suspense.

To Lautner's credit, the action also looks good because he performs most, if not all, of the stunts by himself- whether tackling a bigger- sized guy MMA-style or fleeing from the bad guys with parkour. Singleton doesn't go for the shaky-cam technique, allowing his audience to appreciate Lautner's physicality in its full glory. Even so, taking on the lead role requires Lautner to perform some serious acting in order for us to identify with his character's inner distress, but the square- jawed actor with his one-note performance fails to inspire any empathy.

The fault doesn't lie with Lautner entirely- to appeal to the teenage demographic which the producers are relying on to turn up for this movie, they have decided to amp up the obligatory romance between Nathan and Karen, even to the extent of letting the two teenage characters engage in some heavy making-out that stops just before it crosses the PG13 boundary. It is distracting and laughable, although the latter seems to be in line with most of the awful dialogue in the film.

Not even veteran stars like Isaacs, Bello, Molina, Nyqvist and Sigourney Weaver (who plays Nathan's psychologist) can redeem this at-best made- for-TV thriller that tries to be the younger version of the Bourne series. So as much as Team Jacob may wish for Lautner to be their Matt Damon, or even Tom Cruise, it is clear from his debut headlining movie that once the 'Twilight' phenomenon fades, the same can probably be said of Lautner's acting career as well.

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