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I just went to see this film, I was actually excited about this movie at first, and in all honestly, It was a very fun movie. But OMG, Taylor Lautner is one of the wort actors I have ever seen. He (In my opinion) Is no where near ready to Hold up a movie in the position of a leading roll. I get that his recent popularity Is what most people are going to see, but come on...... What 16 year old kid can take down a bunch of CIA People, oh wait, Taylor Lautner can. The story was very unrealistic. Not at all what I had hoped for. I will say that Lily Collins did a pretty good job In the film though, I expect great things out of her. But I just cant get over Taylor Lautner. If you want to go see a film that emphasize on seeing him ripped and many situations where his body is shown off, then this film may be for you. But I expect more out of a film, There are so many good actors out there that could have done a much better job, They may not be the 'Sex Symbol" that comes with Taylor, but at least they can act. He is a Steven Seagal in the making.
How did Sigourney Weaver end up in this? And Alfred Molina too? He was
headed in the right direction when he took that huge role in Spider-Man
2 after not capitalizing on the success of his role in Raiders of the
Lost Ark. Now he just took a step back into obscurity. This film was
even beneath Maria Bello.
With a fairly decent supporting cast and a decent director in John Singleton, you'd expect at least a decent film, despite Taylor what's-his-face. But this film managed to beat the odds and stank.
This film was a derivative of many films. It even lifted lines directly from a little known 90's film called Sneakers. I guess the writers thought nobody would remember that movie. But, unfortunately, I did because Sneakers, unlike this one, was a pretty good and actually an underrated film.
Besides some obvious similarities to a certain Matt Damon series of films, this film did have potential. And it did have a few good action sequences. Because of this, it did take me away from my texting and video gaming every now and then and brought my attention back to the movie.
Abduction would work as competent, more functional action entertainment
if it (a) wasn't so undistinguished and bland, (b) wasn't directed by
John Singleton, the master behind the direct opposite filmmaking this
kind of film requires, and (c) wasn't so peculiar and awkward in
places. Other than those glaring issues, there's minor fun to be had
here, if you're not to busy laughing at what is on display.
Taylor Lautner of The Twilight Saga stars as Nathan Harper, an emotionally and mentally troubled eighteen year old with known anger issues. He lives with two people, whom he thinks are his parents, and tries to live a normal life even though these mental problems sometimes control his dominant actions. While researching for a lengthy paper one night with his neighbor and crush Karen (Lily Collins), Nathan finds a picture of a child he believes was once him on a missing persons website. He digs deeper into the odd coincidence, and discovers it was indeed him, and that he has been part of a convoluted CIA conspiracy/abduction practice since he was a young child.
This could've been extremely serviceable-fare moreso than it already is if it would minimize the awkward instances I mentioned earlier. Specifically during the exposition scenes of the film, which takes up roughly thirty minutes of the runtime and are easily the strongest points of the film, certain lines of dialog and actions taken by the lead characters make for a strangely mood-killing, out of place series of cringe-worthy instances in the film that throw off the entire pace. For example, when Karen goes up to Nathan's room to research, she is immediately followed by Nathan's mother in the obligatory "behavior yourself" lecture. When asked if they want the door open, Nathan simply replies, "closed," with the camera zooming out to capture Karen's definitely surprised and embarrassed look on her face.
Almost immediately following the scene is one of Nathan and Karen studying, with Nathan leaning over Karen's shoulder, watching her navigate a website. Karen then looks over to Nathan's bicep, which is only mere inches from her faith and makes a notable "god, what a bicep" look that teen girls make in the presence of a hunky guy. Scenes like this are more fit for a low-budget pornographic picture; they are subtle, but questionable instances that don't really belong in an action film and are a tad shocking even if you're trying to set up a love-interest.
But these aren't all the awkward scenes in the film. Without going into too much detail, some others involve Nathan breaking down during this mess, Nathan and Karen namedropping celebrity face-mashups while navigating another missing persons site that shows how a missing child may look now, and in another scene, Nathan's father remarks how "hot" Karen got since she was a little girl.
Lautner will forever get heat for starring in the Twilight films, and to be fair, he isn't completely great here, but to criticize him heavily for just being in the film is too harsh. I simply view him as an actor victim to a flat, but lucrative franchise who will hopefully find guidance and direction in similar paths to other actors such as Channing Tatum. This is a speed-bump in a career that - optimistically speaking - will have a lot in store for him.
The film was directed by John Singleton, which I honestly can't believe. He must've been in a highly experimental phase, is all I can say. Singleton is responsible for three terrific films, Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice, and Baby Boy - nicknamed his "hood" trilogy. Those films humanize South Central Los Angeles into a place where blacks are real people with real problems that have gone ignored due to rampant stereotyping and little humanizing. All three hit home on some complex emotional level, whether it be because of an event or a startling truth about Singleton's depictions of urban areas.
The irony is Abduction is emotionally cold throughout its entire runtime. Its ending even falls flat on its face because there is almost nothing about these characters to care about. A half-hour devoted to decent exposition is disregarded entirely because the film feels the need to rush every instance and every situation without a clear direction.
I am shocked (and somewhat baffled) to note that the film was written by Shawn Christensen, who just won an Oscar for his live action short, "Curfew," which I declared my personal favorite after watching and reviewing all the shorts. To think that prior to filming that work of art he wasted his time and talent on a routine action flick is a tad heartbreaking. Not much left to say besides he seems to be moving in the right direction as of now.
Starring: Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins. Directed by: John Singleton.
In the movie Abduction, directed by John Singleton, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) is on a quest to discover his true identity. In this action thriller there is the typical love story, villain, and a young, cute actor. This film puts Taylor Lautner in motion and is not a bad film, as long as he remains in motion. Abduction resembles the Bourne Identity movies. A young man out on the run from some other society mixed in with a love story. The credit goes to John Singleton for the great cinematography, music, and pictures. The cinematography in the action scenes are exceptional. Also, the music fits what is happening on the screen and it draws the viewers into the movie. The camera swoons this heart throbbing 19 years old boy, especially with many close ups; however, Taylor's acting is another story. Taylor Lautner is exceptional at martial arts, which helps shape his perfectly sculpted abs. This teen star was stiff, easy to read, and predictable. It seemed as if Lautner was trying a little too hard to fit into his role and just memorized and recited his lines without matching the role. I would not say this film is a successful thriller but more of a chick-flick. I would recommend this movie to any teenage girl that wants someone good to look at, but not for anyone that would want watch a good action/ thriller.
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Lautner stars as a guy who sees his picture on a missing person
Pouting like there is no tomorrow, he confronts his parents, who state they are not really his parents, and soon after, they are killed.
It turns out that he has something to do with the CIA, and Dr Octopus and Ripley are out to help him. Or are they?
He brings along a girl he fancies, and they get into all sorts of scrapes. Or do they?
Singleton blasted his way into our lives twenty years ago with his phenomenal debut, and now he's directing a vehicle for the one from Twilight who isn't a vampire.
And it's what you'd expect. A bland teen action movie, with no subtlety or common sense. But it's not a horrid film to watch.
Despite it's blandness, it's quite watchable, but runs out of steam toward the final act.
Lautner proves there is no life after Twilight with the exception of Stewart, and looks out of place whenever he has his shirt on.
Issacs and Bello are wasted in their minor roles, and Weaver and Molina are just there for filler and a bit of gravitas.
But still, it's the best thing Lautner has been in, but thats not saying much really.
Or is it?
Teen sensation Taylor Lautner stars in this John Singleton film about a
high school teenager who discovers his life is not the reality he
thought it was. After seeing his face on a website for missing
children, the comfortable suburban life he's lived for as long as he
can remember comes crashing down around him. His parents are soon
killed and he finds himself the target of the CIA and a gang of
murderous thugs. He goes on the run and learns that his parents were
not really his parents, but rather CIA agents whose mission was to
protect him. He also learns that his biological father was a former CIA
agent that had stolen an electronic list containing the names of
corrupt CIA agents from a really bad guy. The really bad guy wants the
list back really bad, and so the rest of the film finds Nathan and his
high school sweetheart/childhood friend, Karen (Lily Collins) running
from this really bad guy and the CIA. Ho-Hum.
If you saw the previews for Abduction, then you already know the film borrows heavily from the Bourne Identity franchise and attempts to paint Lautner as the next action hero. Sorry to say but the film comes up short and leaves one wondering why they spent 106 minutes of their life watching this. To be clear, the film is not horrible, but there are several issues that prevent it from being even mediocre. Oh, let me count the ways...
1. Taylor Lautner - he's a good actor when it comes to Fantasy/Romance films, and is even more charming here in the lead role as Nathan than he was in the role that put him on the map - Jacob Black in the Twilight series. But that's the problem, Lautner is too charming and is more than a tad bit out of his element here.
2. The whole CIA thing is a long played-out plot element. Can we honestly get anything new out of this type of storyline? So there's a list of corrupt CIA agents. How original! Why is there always a list? Anyway, I find it rather hard to fathom why CIA agents and bad guys in films like this are always portrayed as a group of people who obviously have no life outside of sitting around in some type of control room, trying to track every move of the lead character. And the speed at which they tap into average building surveillance cameras and random 9-1-1- calls is just unbelievable.
3. The storyline/plot - The story is a little slow to pick up, but once it does the action is decent enough; however, stupid plot elements begin to pile up very quickly from this point on. Writer Shawn Christensen does a sloppy job. There are several pieces of the story introduced that only serve as a way to move the plot along. There are too many loose ends remaining at the end of the movie and a few things occur that just aren't logical. By the time the credits role anyone with 1/4 a brain just won't believe the CIA went through that much trouble to hide a boy who, in the end, wasn't really worth the it.
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A part of me was cheering for the "bad guys" because I'm Serbian and I
agree with the things Kozlow (not a Serbian name, by the way) said to
Nathan at the game, but I mostly wanted some resemblance of an actual
life threatening situation. For instance, that guy on the train should
have cut off Karen's finger - I know I would if I were an evil
I'm actually very disappointed to see great actors like Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina be in such a movie. But, I guess that's how you promote next big stars - you put better actors as supporting cast. I really hope that Lautner will live up to the hype everyone's creating around him.
I liked the idea, but like so many others this was sweetened up and made into an action chick flick.
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I have never rated a movie before because frankly I'm too lazy. This
particular film, however, was one of the most awful and disappointing
ones I've ever seen. The story line seemed good at first and the cast
list was promising, but the final result did not follow up in the
slightest! Cheesy lines, multiple (obvious) goofs, and a stale ending
with so many holes left unfilled. My favorite part? When Kozlow's
muscle-man gets tossed out of the speeding Amtrak train and is
recovered unbloodied, unbruised, and clean. I've seen low budget films
All in all, this movie was so bad that I had to keep checking the time to see how much longer I had to deal with the corniness. If only I hadn't been watching it with other people...
This movie suffered from a debilitating case of "cash in on the
Twilight mania". From the opening scene of what's-his-name sitting on
the hood of a truck doing 70 mph, to the shirtless scene so many
commenters have already noted, to the overly long hyperbole of fake,
but caring, dad beating the crap out of him to teach him some survival
skills: the first 30 minutes of this movie was an obvious pandering to
the millions of preteen girls who squeal at the very sight of him (I
use him because I can't actually recall the actor's name and I am too
lazy to click the back button on my browser to check as I type this).
This was of course very surprising given the presence of other billed actors like Sigourney Weaver. Why she and some of the others would associate themselves with this script I am not certain.
I can see the storyboard now. Kid being chased by both the CIA and a Russian black ops team for some valuable information only he possesses. Throw in a girl, some car chases, a few fist fights: OK not bad. I can see how this would make a good plot device. However, this one failed miserably.
Maybe if the opening scene had started from the train this movie could have garnered some of my respect. However, that would require dispensing with the pointless back story. So if you try to piece together some of the plot points you just end up spraining your brain. That's how bad the plot is.
Many have noted the similarities to Bourne Identity. Hahahahahahahahahaha. Are you serious? The only similarity is they are both movies. No more. OK, I'm done.
Completely awful. How did this screenplay go on to become a produced
film called Abduction? The script was terrible; and so was the acting
and casting! The lead cannot act. Taylor Lautner has the aggressive
acting equivalent to that of a five-year olds tantrum in a super market
when denied a junk snack from mommy. My gosh! this film was terrible!
Horrendous! I cringed at every chiche and cheesy line the cast spoke
on. The chemistry of the characters was even worse! I nearly died in
the theater laughing before I realized that I had to contain myself or
else the many teenage females would rip me to shreds had I interrupted.
Never have I seen such a cinematic waste...Until I saw Abduction, that is.
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