Abduction (2011)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Put the name Taylor Lautner in lights and without a doubt, any studio will have a blockbuster on their hands – or they will when it comes to screaming teenage girls. Most will recognize this name from a certain teenage vampire trilogy (I refuse to even type the name out here) in which he plays a werewolf in love with the one girl that he wants to see him as more than just a friend. In this, was is essentially, Taylor's debut in a leading role and thriller-type-movie to boot, I think he forgot that he is not playing a brooding supernatural creature – he still has that stare-filled-with-longing thing down to a T. But then, really, do we mind this?

An average American teenager, Nathan (Lautner) likes to have fun and party without thought to the repercussions. His father (Jason Isaacs) is hard on him and likes to spar with him in the back yard anytime Nathan has been in error. His mom Mara (Maria Bello) isn’t about to let her husband get carried away with disciplining their son, so she uses an altogether different approach and grounds him. Crushing on his fellow classmate and neighbor Karen (Lily Collins) for as long as he can remember, Nathan has wanted to ask his former childhood playmate out but his anger issues, and feelings that he doesn’t belong have prevented him. Not to mention she is dating an older guy in what seems a tumultuous relationship. His luck is about to change when he is finally going to get an opportunity to spend time with her when he and Karen are assigned a school project together. Their paper on sociology includes topics of missing children and while taking a break, the pair goof off by age-processing several of the faces of the missing kids… until they come across one of Nathan himself.

Questioning who he is and more connived than ever that his recurring dream of a woman being killed means something, Nathan begins poking around and confronts his mother on what it all means – he wants to know the truth of who he is and where he came from. Before he can get the answers he needs, his home is evaded by two men with weapons leaving tragedy in its wake and sending Karen and Nathan on a journey for their very lives.

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Apart from Valentine’s Day, this is the only movie that I’ve seen Lautner in, and unfortunately, he hasn’t a varied talent to carry off anything deeper than this sort of role – a role that will leave girls giddy and breathless (maybe), but nothing more. Probably the first forty-some minutes of the movie is nothing but teenage angst and partying. Once things really get rolling, I was actually quite impressed with the scripts ability to construct a reasonable amount of suspense and some clever twists. The movie isn’t so much action-packed as keeping us on the edge of our seats because we are never quite sure where the movie is going to go next in terms of what the characters will encounter around the next bend.

Same as with anything, there are pros and cons to weighed in Abduction. On the con side, the movie isn’t all that well set-up or complex. And on the flipside, that can actually be a pro for something like this – it only adds to the overall gripping idea of the story. The movie doesn’t move at that fast of a pace but keeps to some excellent twists, and even though it won’t be hard to guess what is going on, once the viewer reaches a certain point (i.e., Nathan learns in part about his past), there is still something fun in the chase of it all. In addition to a teen heartthrob, there are appearances by Dermot Mulroney (a great mysterious performance, I might add) and Sigourney Weaver plus one of 2012’s rising stars, Lily Collins gives a great performance given the fact her character is running for her life the entire film. Despite my griping, I did like the movie. It was an entertaining ride of ups and downs and most important of all, lessons are learned by all.

Perhaps the film doesn't have a good grip on a lot of things like plot outlines,  but one of the biggest mysteries is its title. Others have said this, but it is true, the title isn’t telling of the film – the only parallel there might be is the suggestion that Nathan’s life is not really his own. The truth and answers (or in some cases lack of) he is provided make him doubt the life he has lived – the person he is in more ways than one. In the end, he does learn to appreciate what was given to him and that his attitude towards life has done him no favors (even if it does come in a roundabout way). When it comes right down to it, I am not sorry to have seen this one – and in fact, will in all likelihood see it in the near future again. But if you are looking for an espionage thriller with more to it, I’d suggest you look elsewhere.

CONTENT: the film is Rated PG13 because of one sensual scene between teenagers; his jacket comes off and there is some passionate kissing and heavy breathing before she puts a stop to it. One teen party ends with a guy lying out on the front lawn with beer cans scattered everywhere [the occasional sexual innuendo may be present – and Nathan is seen shirtless a time or two]. There is the unfortunate use of the f-word and other milder profanities. About three people are shot to death [with little blood]; another is beaten up and tossed out the window of a moving train.


  1. Aw, you can say it: Twilight. =D

    Jason Isaacs, huh? I may have to rent this after all...

  2. LOL. Twilight. I actually don't like the movie, even though I loved the book. It just didn't do the book justice.

    And anyway, I have wanted to hear the pros and cons of this movie for FOREVUH. Thanks for the review!

  3. Aww poor Taylor. I had such high hopes.

  4. I've always wanted to see this movie...I read a review of it on PluggedIn Online and thought it sounded ok, not the most amazing movie ever, but an interesting one. Great reading your thoughts on it. :)

    ~Rachel <3

  5. Charity - ha! I actually did reference the saga in my Red Riding Hood review... once is quite enough, thank you. ;D

    Yeah, do give this one a rent - it surprised me in some ways and in others it was not all that intelligent. Still the chance to see Lily in something else was fun.

    Jessica - never read the "Twilight" books either. I just am not really "into" vampires, but the series (movies, books or both) does have a HUGE fan base. =)

    You are welcome - hope this review helped. =)

    Juju - yeah, that was kind of my thoughts too! Hopefully he'll break free from that werewolf alter-ego and improve his acting - I'd be willing to see another one of his movies if it sounded interesting...

    Rachel - no, this isn't all that amazing, but it was a lot of fun. =) I would see it again, so it was worth a 3-dollar rental fee.

    Thanks - and enjoy if you check it out.

  6. Taylor was the best thing in the "Twilight" series, which unfortunately isn't saying much. Now I see why I never felt a compulsion to see "Abduction." Maybe someday if I'm really bored I'll give it a rent. :)

  7. You should give this one a shot if you liked Taylor as Jacob, Carissa. It really isn't that bad. =)

  8. Awww man and I was so excited about this since it was filmed in my neck of the woods...oh well. :( Thanks for sharing!

    XOXO~ Renee

  9. You might still give this one a try, Renee - don't give up on its "potential" just yet. =)

  10. oh i loved abduction! it was filmed in my hometown which was cool! but yeah, i thought it was a great movie!

  11. I quite enjoyed this one, too, Juliet. It was a fun, mindless hour-and-a-half, and is one I'll probably see again.

    That is neat that it filmed in your hometown. =)


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