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Abduction (2011)

  • Rate: 4.6/10 total 22,886 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 23 September 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
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Abduction (2011)


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  • IMDb page: Abduction (2011)
  • Rate: 4.6/10 total 22,886 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 23 September 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Filming Location: Brownsville, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Director: John Singleton
  • Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins and Alfred Molina
  • Original Music By: Ed Shearmur  (as Edward Shearmur) 
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Website | Missing Person | Escape | Fugitive | Father Son Relationship

Writing Credits By:

  • Shawn Christensen (written by)

Known Trivia

  • ‘Freema Aygeman’ filmed a cameo role but it was removed during editing.
  • The chase scene at PNC Park was filmed on August 22, 2010, during an actual game. The Pirates beat the Mets 2-1. John Singleton wanted to film a chase scene there, which was not in the script, with a small crew with Taylor Lautner doing his own stunts.
  • Nathan wears a Pittsburgh Pirates shirt, #21 with the name Clemente on the back. Roberto Clemente was a star player for the Pirates. He was the first Latin American to have 3000 hits, and the first Latin American elected into the Hall of Fame posthumously. He won 12 golden gloves, 15 All-star selections, lifetime .317 batting average, and played in two winning World Series, being MVP in the ’71 series. He died on a flight to Nicaragua on the 31st of December, 1972, flying with emergency relief items to help after the earthquake there. The statue outside PNC park (which was possibly going to be named after Clemente before PNC bought the naming rights) where the ticket is left is of Roberto Clemente.
  • Shawn Christensen said that the story for the film was taken from a single idea of a teenager who sees a photo of himself on a missing persons website. He completed the first draft in two months.
  • At the end of the film, when Martin hangs up the phone after talking to Nathan, a scar can be seen on his mouth before he disappears into the crowd. This is an homage to the Assassin’s Creed video games where the game’s protagonists also sport scars and disappear in a similar manner.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Nathan never wears a helmet while riding his motorcycle, even though Pennsylvania Law requires that any person who operates or rides a motorcycle must wear protective headgear unless he or she is 21 years of age or older.

Plot: 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 »  »

Story: Nathan, a teen, along with his friend, Karen finds a website that has photos of children who are missing or believed to have been abducted. They decide to age one of the photos and discover that is of Nathan as a child. He contacts the person who placed the photo to find out what's going on. The person on the other end only wants to know info about Nathan so Nathan hangs up. The person then contacts someone in Europe and shows him a photo of the one who called. He then heads for the U.S. Nathan then wonders is it true, was he abducted. He tells his "mom" who then tells him she and his "father" will tell him. But before they can, two men claiming to be cops show up wanting to talk to Nathan, and when he isn't found they pull guns and demand Nathan be given to them. His parents fight them but are killed. Nathan runs but remembers that he asked Karen to come over…Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com  


Synopsis: Nathan (Taylor Lautner) is a high schooler in Pennslyvania, who likes parties and boxing with his dad. He has rage and self-identity issues, and sees a shink (Sigourney Weaver). He’s apparently a good wrestler as well as a kickboxer. He’s assigned to work on a school project with his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins), who he’s sweet on, but too shy to talk to. They find a website for missing children, and, aging one online, see a likeness of Nathan. He contacts the site, and it triggers an alert in New York. The tech on duty (Nickola Shreli) in New York activates a trace and Nathan’s webcam and send a photo of Nathan to a Mr Kozlow (Michael Nyqvist).

He takes some old pictures to his friend Gilly (Allen Williamson), who thinks they are suspicious. He confronts his mother (Maria Bello), who fortunately gets killed by operatives before she can explain. His father (Jason Isaacs) fights off one operative, but is killed as well, and Nathan runs away. He comes back to save Karen and defeats the armed operative, who tells him there’s a bomb in the kitchen. Naturally, Nathan goes to look, and there’s 7 seconds left! He and Karen run outside and leap into the pool as the house and operative are destroyed.

Karen is hurt, so Nathan takes her to the hospital. We see Mr. Kozlow arrive in country, and he gets undressed in a car. Nathan winds up talking to Frank Burton (Alfred Molina), who tells him to stay put, and Kozlow’s goons apparently have the pay phone tapped! His shrink, Dr. Bennett, uses balloons to hide Nathan from the hospital cameras, which everyone has tapped into as well. In a car escaping, Dr. Bennett explains that she’s with the CIA, and Burton can’t be trusted. She tells him it’s ok to trust Martin Price or Paul Rasmus, but doesn’t explain why. She also gives him keys to a safe house in Virginia. They leap from the car and Dr. Bennett’s car is destroyed. By this time, if you’re not completely dazed, you realize Nathan is some kind of important kid, with secret skills.

Nathan and Karen wake up in the woods, completely refreshed and clean. Burton briefs a bunch of constipated agents about Martin Price, who is Nathan’s real father, and has stolen data from Kozlow. Burton’s boss tells him to get things under control. Nathan and Karen hitchhike to the safe house, where he finds a gun, a phone with encrypted text and some photos, who he recognizes as his mother. Karen makes a phone call, and apparently all of her relatives’ phone lines are tapped too.

Nathan’s father left a BMW, and Nathan/Karen go looking for his mother, finding her grave. They find fresh flowers on the grave, and the cemetary operator tells them the flowers came from Paul Rasmus. The bad guys and the CIA intercept the cemetary computer query, even though it’s not on the internet, and magically conjure an image of the BMW, apparently from the cemetary’s high-resolution cameras. Nathan and Karen meet Gilly, who gets them fake IDs. They buy train tickets, but the bad guys have spotted the BMW and followed them to the train station.

On the train, Karen asks if they are going to die, and Nathan says no. They kiss and start to grope, but stop because they’re hungry? Karen goes to get food without him, and guess what happens next – the bad guys get her! Nathan, who has gone looking for Karen, meets the bad guy and they fight. Nathan manages to beat a grown, trained operative and Karen escapes her bondage with a piece of broken glass. Nathan shatters the train window and throws the bad guy out. The train stops, perhaps to investigate, and they exit the train. At this point, you’re hoping the movie is over, but there’s still 30 minutes left!

Natah and Karen stroll through the woods, and the CIA chases them. Burton convinces them to trust him and buys them burgers, while about 100 agents protect them. Burton explains things, and Kozlow’s bad guys start killing the CIA guys. Nathan realizes the phone has the text his father stole, and that Burton’s name is on in the text. The bad guys attack the diner. During the attack, Nathan and Karen escape, and since Nathan doesn’t trust Burton he tells Karen about the list. Of course, Kozlow can hear them and track them, so he calls the phone in the car and threatens all of Nathan’s friends and arranges a meet. Meanwhile, the CIA raids Kozlow’s hideout and kills his goons. They also find a recording of the conversation between Nathan and Kozlow, detailing the meet at PNC park in Pittsburgh.

At the park, Martin calls Nathan and tells him not to go through with the meet. Nathan hangs up on him. Karen gets a photo of Kozlow and sends it to Nathan. They sit beside each other, and apparently, Gilly has taped a gun under Nathan’s seat! Kozlow tells Nathan that his parents were awful people, and Nathan chooses to believe him. We relive Nathan’s mother’s death at the hands of Kozlow, and even at age 2, Nathan was a super-spy! Kozlow gets Nathan’s gun, then chases him through the park. Nathan demonstrates his parkour abilities, and Martin calls him to tell him to lead Kozlow into a trap. Kozlow has time to see Martin hidden as a sniper about 500 yards away, and has time to yell before getting shot. Burton’s boss arrives and take the phone, telling Burton he has lots to answer for. The CIA lets Nathan go, and Martin calls one last time to say goodbye. Karen and Nathan reunite, and Dr. Bennett arrives as well. She tells Nathan he can live with her, and Nathan/Karen stroll off, promising to go to Dr. Bennett’s house (even though she never gave an address – apparently, Nathan can figure that out, too).

Nathan and Karen sit in the now-empty stadium and make out.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jeremy Bell known as executive producer
  • Patrick Crowley known as producer (as Pat Crowley)
  • Doug Davison known as producer
  • Ellen Goldsmith-Vein known as producer
  • Anthony Katagas known as executive producer
  • Anthony Katagas known as line producer
  • Dan Lautner known as producer
  • Roy Lee known as producer
  • Gabriel Mason known as executive producer
  • Lee Stollman known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jake Andolina known as CIA Man
  • Oriah Acima Andrews known as Riah
  • Ken Arnold known as Thermal
  • Maria Bello known as Mara
  • Steve Blass known as Game Announcer
  • Derek Burnell known as Hot Dog Vendor
  • Benjamin J. Cain Jr. known as Driver (as Ben Cain)
  • Holly Scott Cavanaugh known as Mrs. Murphy
  • Radick Cembrzynski known as Kozlow's Tech
  • Richard Cetrone known as Gregory
  • Mike Clark known as News Reporter
  • Lily Collins known as Karen
  • Jack Erdie known as Short Sleeves
  • Rita Gregory known as Nurse
  • Tim Griffin known as Red Flannel
  • Nathan Hollabaugh known as Cop
  • Jason Isaacs known as Kevin
  • Taylor Lautner known as Nathan
  • Mike Lee known as Tech
  • James Liebro known as Stadium Usher
  • Frank Lloyd known as Brighton Beach #2
  • Christopher Mahoney known as Caretaker
  • Alfred Molina known as Burton
  • Michael Nyqvist known as Kozlow
  • Emily Peachey known as Girl
  • William Peltz known as Jake
  • Elisabeth Röhm known as Woman / Lorna (as Elisabeth Rohm)
  • Nickola Shreli known as Alek
  • Victor Slezak known as Tom Shealey
  • Antonique Smith known as Burns
  • Roger Guenveur Smith known as Mr. Miles
  • Adam Stanley known as CIA SWAT Team Leader
  • Art Terry known as Amtrak Security Guard
  • Ilia Volok known as Sweater
  • Cherokee Walker known as Helicopter Pilot
  • Sigourney Weaver known as Dr. Bennett
  • Denzel Whitaker known as Gilly
  • Allen Williamson known as Billy
  • Tony Amen known as Airport Passenger (uncredited)
  • David Barckhoff known as Party Guest / Pirate Fan (uncredited)
  • Daniel Clayton known as High School Student / Partygoer (uncredited)
  • K.J. Duffey known as Party Guest / Game Spectator (uncredited)
  • Jim Fitzgerald known as CIA Agent #1 (uncredited)
  • Brittany Forringer known as Driver / Pirate Fan (uncredited)
  • Bryan Friday known as Brighton Beach (uncredited)
  • Grace Gentiluomo known as Airport Arrival (uncredited)
  • Sam Harris known as E.M.T. (uncredited)
  • Robert Edward Healy III known as PNC Park Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Herring known as Band Member (uncredited)
  • Stefanie Jula known as Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as CIA Tactical (uncredited)
  • Kirk Kelly known as Student / Passanger (uncredited)
  • Sharyn Kmieciak known as Hospital Visitor / Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Laurie Mann known as Pirate fan (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Sander McKenzie known as Woman in ER Waiting Room (uncredited)
  • Doug Michaels known as Party Boy (uncredited)
  • Michael A. Migliore known as Pittsburgh Pirate Fan (uncredited)
  • Dermot Mulroney known as Martin Price (uncredited)
  • Bradley Naedele known as Fake ID Dude (uncredited)
  • Mark Nearing known as Brighton Beach 1 (uncredited)
  • Holly Neelie known as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Diedra Arthur O'Ree known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Dave Parsons known as CIA Agent Photographer (uncredited)
  • Joanna Theobalds known as Teacher (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Mary Burton known as makeup artist
  • Rachel Geary known as key makeup artist
  • Nancy Keslar known as hair stylist
  • Karen Lovell known as hair stylist
  • Evelyne Noraz known as makeup department head
  • David Presto known as custom tattoo artist
  • Linda Williams known as additional hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Luke Andrade known as set dresser
  • Ian Michael Andrew known as carpenter
  • Norman Beck known as carpenter
  • Matthew Carraher known as set dresser
  • Peter C. Clarke known as property master
  • Warren Drummond known as storyboard artist
  • Jay Durrwachter known as assistant art director
  • Faith Farrell known as painter
  • Ellie H. Ferrari known as art swing gang
  • Erin Fite known as set decorating buyer
  • David Hall known as art department assistant
  • David Hassinger known as set dresser
  • Joshua Hogan known as painter
  • Smith Harper Hutchings known as on set painter
  • Norm Johnson known as carpenter
  • Luke Kislak known as greens
  • Kristin Lekki known as art department coordinator
  • Spanky Lofland known as carpenter
  • Merissa Lombardo known as buyer
  • Brian Markey known as construction coordinator
  • Christina Myal known as graphic designer
  • Donald Lee Rager known as key greens
  • Donald Lee Rager known as set dresser
  • Brent Rice known as leadman
  • Trevor Schliefer known as set: reshoots
  • Tom Strong known as carpenter
  • Jim Wallis known as set designer
  • Maranda Wodzinski known as construction pa
  • Nikki Young known as set dec pa
  • Jeremy Zerechak known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Lionsgate (presents)
  • Gotham Group
  • Vertigo Entertainment
  • Quick Six Entertainment
  • Mango Farms (in association with)
  • Tailor Made

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Epic Records  soundtrack
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Mogul Mind Studios  sound stages & facilities
  • PIC Agency  titles
  • Realms of Catering  catering: second unit
  • Rice Gorton Pictures Ltd.  post production accounting
  • Sam Hurwitz Productions  electronic press kit (EPK Produced by)
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services


  • ACME (2011) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Alfa Films (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Aurum Producciones (2011) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Belga Films (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Blanco & Travieso (2011) (Venezuela) (theatrical)
  • Elmo Movieworld Filmverleih (2011) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Forum Hungary (2011) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • MediaPro Distribution (2011) (Romania) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Moviemax (2011) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Myndform (2011) (Iceland) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Distribution (2011) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2011) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2011) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2011) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Nu Metro Cinemas (2011) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Film AG (2011) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • TMC Film (2011) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • West (2011) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • CatchPlay (2011) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2011) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Mongkol Major (2011) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2011) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Asylum VFX (visual effects)
  • Kerner Optical (miniature effects and photography)
  • Method Studios
  • Third Floor, The (previsualization)

Visual Effects by:

  • Raul Arellano known as digital compositor: Exozet
  • Jamie Baxter known as compositor
  • Trinh Baxter known as digital artist
  • Carrie Bryant known as rotoscope artist
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Ayse Dedeoglu known as visual effects production manager: Kerner Optical (as Ayse Arkali)
  • Patricia Rose Duignan known as visual effects executive producer: Kerner Optical
  • Aaron Eaton known as roto artist
  • Matt Eaton known as roto artist
  • Chris Ervin known as visual effects artist
  • Patricia Feldmann known as lead digital artist
  • Martin Fischer known as digital compositor
  • Michael Sean Foley known as cg supervisor
  • Brian Fortune known as compositor
  • Mathias Frodin known as digital compositor
  • Eduardo Garcia known as rotoscope artist
  • Gero Grimm known as compositor
  • Falk Gärtner known as senior compositor
  • Cortney Haile known as visual effects executive
  • Rachel Faith Hanson known as visual effects coordinator
  • Spencer Hecox known as lead digital compositor
  • Tyler Kehl known as visual effects producer
  • Dean Lewandowski known as previsualization artist
  • Heinrich Maas known as lead senior compositor
  • Nathan McGuinness known as senior visual effects supervisor
  • Roger Mocenigo known as digital compositor: XY&Z
  • Kama Moiha known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Gustavo A. Pablik known as visual effects coordinator
  • Francesco Panzieri known as digital compositor
  • Mitch Paulson known as supervising digital colorist
  • Jason Sanford known as visual effects producer
  • Aaron Schultz known as visual effects artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Doug Spilatro known as visual effects
  • Martin Springer known as digital compositor
  • Mike Uguccioni known as visual effects supervisor
  • Michele C. Vallillo known as visual effects producer: Method Studios
  • Dan Walden known as visual effects artist
  • Kevin Wallace known as manager of operations: Kerner Optical
  • Ashley J. Ward known as visual effects coordinator
  • Matt Wilson known as compositor

Release Date:

  • Australia 23 August 2011 (Sydney) (premiere)
  • USA 15 September 2011 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Argentina 22 September 2011
  • Australia 22 September 2011
  • Greece 22 September 2011
  • Hungary 22 September 2011
  • Israel 22 September 2011
  • Peru 22 September 2011
  • Philippines 22 September 2011
  • Russia 22 September 2011
  • Singapore 22 September 2011
  • Brazil 23 September 2011
  • Bulgaria 23 September 2011
  • Canada 23 September 2011
  • India 23 September 2011
  • Panama 23 September 2011
  • Poland 23 September 2011
  • USA 23 September 2011
  • Czech Republic 26 September 2011
  • UK 26 September 2011 (London) (premiere)
  • France 28 September 2011
  • Ireland 28 September 2011
  • UK 28 September 2011
  • Chile 29 September 2011
  • Denmark 29 September 2011
  • Hong Kong 29 September 2011
  • Estonia 30 September 2011
  • Mexico 30 September 2011
  • Norway 30 September 2011
  • Belgium 5 October 2011
  • Kuwait 6 October 2011
  • Italy 7 October 2011
  • Sweden 7 October 2011
  • Germany 13 October 2011
  • Portugal 13 October 2011
  • Finland 14 October 2011
  • Spain 14 October 2011
  • Netherlands 20 October 2011
  • Malta 9 November 2011
  • Turkey 30 December 2011
  • Japan 1 June 2012

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying



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  1. moviexclusive from Singapore
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

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

    Nonetheless, it seems that Team Jacob should have just stayed in thewoods of Forks, Washington, for this insipid Bourne-wannabe does himnor his fans no favours. Rather, (and we may be risking our life andlimb by saying this) it only demonstrates his limitations as an actor,especially since he practically recycles the same angsty broodyexpression throughout the film that he had already put forth umpteentimes in the 'Twilight' movies. And no, being a teenager who discoversthat the people you call 'mother' and 'father' aren't in fact your realparents isn't much of an excuse too.

    That's the predicament Lautner's character Nathan finds himself in oneday, after stumbling across a website with photos of missing childrenand using some software to approximate what one of those kids couldlook like as a teenager. Though that's the very premise of the movie,the least we expected was for debut feature film screenwriter ShawnChristensen to come up with a better lead in than just some stupidresearch 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 onewould have to suspend both to believe that Nathan is suddenly at thecentre of global espionage with both the good guys (led by 'Spiderman2's' Alfred Molina) and the bad guys (led by Swedish actor MichaelNyqvist 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 toprotect him while his father is away. As with all chases, the aim isfor something that Nathan has in his possession- some encrypted codewith the names of dirty CIA agents.

    It takes almost half an hour before the action kicks in, theintroduction that sets up Nathan's adolescent issues and his secrethigh-school crush on Karen pure tedium that is definitely not directorJohn Singleton's forte. Thankfully, the pace picks up considerably onceNathan is thrust into that implausible situation, with Singletonclearly at ease setting up the film's various action sequences. One ofthe first that sees Nathan's 'parents' murdered is shot and edited formaximum thrills, and the climax set in a packed stadium with a livebaseball match also packs suspense.

    To Lautner's credit, the action also looks good because he performsmost, 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 audienceto appreciate Lautner's physicality in its full glory. Even so, takingon the lead role requires Lautner to perform some serious acting inorder for us to identify with his character's inner distress, but thesquare- jawed actor with his one-note performance fails to inspire anyempathy.

    The fault doesn't lie with Lautner entirely- to appeal to the teenagedemographic which the producers are relying on to turn up for thismovie, they have decided to amp up the obligatory romance betweenNathan and Karen, even to the extent of letting the two teenagecharacters engage in some heavy making-out that stops just before itcrosses the PG13 boundary. It is distracting and laughable, althoughthe latter seems to be in line with most of the awful dialogue in thefilm.

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


  2. Johnny Hollywood from Sydney, Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    Let me open with what any film review should address: I did not enjoythis movie. But first, a disclaimer: despite my reasons, I want toassure you that none of my negative points will verbally lambast leadactor Taylor Lautner just because 'he's some guy from Twilight.' Norwill I make scalding reference to his gratuitous lack of upper bodywear; the kind that one would hope comes off as witty commentary butends up sounding more like an awkward combination of contempt andjealousy. So, with that out of the way, let's get started.

    When the shy but short-tempered Nathan (Lautner) is paired up with girlnext door Karen (Lily Collins) for a school research assignment, he isshocked to find an image of his younger self on a 'missing persons'website, prompting him to question everything he thought was normalabout his life. When the cover is blown, he and Karen find themselveson the run, unable to trust anyone in their search for the truth.

    Not only will I not target any more of this review towards Lautnerpersonally, I will even concede that he does his best on what isotherwise a sinking ship from the opening scene. Naturally, his actingskills do need refinement, and I expect we're not looking at the nextDe Niro here, but his occasionally lackluster delivery is simply abranch of a much bigger problem- the script.

    As an unapologetic actioner, it should be expected that Abductionpossesses some of the clunky dialogue clichés associated with thegenre. These include, but are not limited to 'trust has to be earned','I'm not leaving without her' and perennial favourite 'wait…how do youknow my name?', which is actually used more than once. But among thesetired expressions is a handful of headscratchers; lines intended to actas cool quips but possessing an undoubtedly cringe-worthy aftertaste.For example, after Gerry (Sigourney Weaver) helps Nathan escape usingballoons to cover security cameras (a la Ocean's Eleven) she releasesthem with the deadpan, utterly serious line of 'I hate balloons'. Soyou see my point.

    The set pieces are just as ludicrous, asking the viewer to buy into themovie too much when we have not been given any reason to engage withthe plot in the first place. In one instance, we bear witness to a CIAagent (operating undercover as a suburban housewife) easily take outtwo trained assassins. The climax set at a baseball game is astorytelling train wreck, fraught with inconsistencies and overlyconvenient outcomes. At the very least, I hoped a film set inPittsburgh would show some love for the mighty Steelers instead of thelowly Pirates, but I digress.

    General flaws in logic and realism are other aspects that can beattributed to this type of movie without having them become a majorconcern. Often, we tend to overlook moments which would result inserious injury for the hero in real life simply because he's just that,a hero. I'm also willing to pass these moments off, but in Abductionthey occur so often, and on such a noticeable scale that they severelydetract from any engagement with the film that could be developed as itprogresses, and therein lies its greatest letdown.

    I commend the satisfactory action scenes, which minimised the kind ofclose-up, rapid camera movement that has drawn the bulk of my ire inrecent months. Also, I was pleased to see the film show a bit ofgumption by avoiding an entirely happy, alls-well-that-ends-wellconclusion, but these upsides are not enough to sweeten what isotherwise an inherently flawed film.

    *There's nothing I love more than a bit of feedback, good or bad. Sodrop me a line on jnatsis@iprimus.com.au and let me know what youthought of my review.*

  3. Daniel Stuckey from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    PROS – His abs. Really nice body (which I am guessing women over 45liked it so much)

    CONS – Everything.

    In summary this movie is shocking. It did look promising for the first5minutes but it went down hill really fast. The acting was so bad andthe lines are shocking. Sigourney Weaver does her best with but like usshe has trouble relating to anyone in the movie. It gets to the pointthat where you just wished either the bad guys with the guns or thegood guys with the guns (that's the CIA… That's right pure as thedriven snow) would catch the kid.

    I would say get it out on DVD or download it, but I would stronglyrecommend saving your money and your bandwidth allocation and yourtime, and watch something else…. Anything else….

  4. changmoh from Malaysia
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

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

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

    The plot is about high school student Nathan Price (Taylor Lautner) whostumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing personswebsite. 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 searchfor his true identity and his biological parents, he is being targetedby a team of rogue agents, forcing him to flee with his neighbor, Karen(Lily Collins). He begins to realize that his fabricated life is hidinga dangerous truth.

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

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

  5. Ned_Charles from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    With a few notable exceptions such as "Drive", almost every actionmovie looks and feels the same these days. You either get a JasonBourne clone or a James Bond clone, and none are particularly good. So,watching the trailer for "Abduction" months before its release, I foundmyself cringing at its awful, cliché dialogue, sub-par looking actionsequences, by the numbers plot and excruciatingly painful acting fromnewcomer Taylor Lautner, who, for some odd reason, was chosen toheadline this big budget blockbuster. My disdain for "Twilight" aside,I decided to watch the film because I'm a fan of director JohnSingleton's past work, but I should've remembered that Singleton usedup any talent he had left years ago. His last good film was arguably"Baby Boy", his spiritual successor to his groundbreaking Oscarnominated debut, "Boyz N The Hood". So, how does a director go frombeing nominated for two Oscars to directing one of the most mediocreaction movies to come out in awhile? That's a mystery in itself.

    "Abduction" starts off with an extremely cheesy opening and quicklygets worse. Bad dialogue and pop culture references that will be datedby the time the year's over truncate the film to no end. Lautner isincredibly wooden in his role, and although he wasn't as bad as thetrailers hinted at, he was still overwhelmingly weak and laughable inmany key scenes. Speaking of laughable, the film is entertaining forthat very reason and the fact that it's so over the top and ridiculous.I enjoy watching some bad films just to get a real laugh out of them,and if the producers were smart enough to market "Abduction" as acomedy, I can guarantee that the reviews would've been a lot better.The action sequences are poorly shot and derivative of the ones foundin much better spy thrillers, and the direction manages to be sloppy,disjointed and awkward all at once. Most scenes that should've beendirected with skill were butchered and felt out of place. Thecinematography, or lack there of, was basically what I expected; thefilm looks very dry and there are no scenes that stick out in a visualsense.

    The cast of the film is actually decent, with the exception of Lautnerof course. The talents of Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs,Denzel Whitaker and Alfred Molina are sadly wasted, and Lily Collins,who is supposed to be going places, doesn't stand out in any waydespite her looks. The pacing of the film is serviceable, but typicalof this genre. A lot of scenes are so disposable that you can tellthey're just there as filler in order to set up the next actionsequence. The music is standard action movie music, which also includessome cheesy rock tunes that would've been better suited to a low budget80's thriller. The movie deals with themes such as identity andisolation, but neither in a deep or meaningful way, and Lautner's badperformance doesn't help matters. John Singleton reportedly plannedthis as a trilogy, and it shows. The movie ends in an anti-climatic wayand very little plot details are resolved. There isn't a cliffhanger,but just a boring and bland love scene to end matters. Due to the boxoffice failure and critical bashing of the film, I wouldn't expect asequel to be made at all, which is good considering that this film wasa waste of time and money. It's cliché, cheesy, poorly made, badlyacted, derivative, unintentionally hilarious, borderline vile and a big"Screw you" to intelligent moviegoers. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'mgoing to go watch a real action movie.

  6. matthew-flamesfan from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    I was excited when I saw the cast. Listen to the actors involved inthis production. There's Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs,Michael Nyqvist and Maria Bello. Okay, so there's also Taylor Lautnerin the lead role, as well as Lily Collins as his sidekick, but I washopeful that the supporting cast could allow it to be a worthwhilewatch. For a while, I actually believed that "Abduction" could be agood film.

    Even the first 20 minutes or so weren't that bad. We watched Nathan(Lautner) and his friends go to a party and get drunk. He wakes up thenext morning hungover and stripped of his shirt. Those of you who haveseen the "Twilight" films are probably used to seeing Lautner without ashirt on, but surprisingly, it stays on his person for the majority ofthis film. Nathan goes home to find out that his father (Jason Isaacs)wants to have a boxing session, so they fight, and it's enjoyable. It'sespecially fun because the younger of the two gets beaten up quite abit. He's also grounded for a week because he didn't call home. Howadorable.

    We watch the young Nathan go to school and get assigned a project towork on with his neighbor, Karen (Collins). Their project has somethingto do with missing children, or maybe just people in general, it's notreally elaborated on. When looking at one website, they see a childthat looks remarkably similar to Nathan. They do a digitalreconstruction of what the child might look like now, and it's almost aperfect match. Then they look closer at the younger photo, and they seethat the shirt the child is wearing is the same on that Nathan had as akid. It even has the same stain on the right shoulder. Weird, right?

    Well, apparently not. This was a trap, and Nathan fell right into it.Things happen which I won't spoil, a little bit of "Spy Kids" actiongoes on in regards to Nathan's parents, and eventually Nathan and Lillyend up on the run from not one, but two parties. The first claims to bethe CIA, and is led by Alfred Molina, while the second is a bunch ofRussian guys led by Michael Nyqvist. Can the pair trust anyone? Willthey get out alive? Who knows, but more importantly, does anyone care?

    I certainly didn't. Nathan was as bland as you might expect a TaylorLautner character to be played. He's your typical teenager — shyaround girls, loves playing video games and hanging out with friends –and yet, he is an amazing athlete and could easily be the most popularperson at the school. He also has weird dreams, which he explains tohis shrink (Sigourney Weaver), and that's about as deep as hispersonality gets.

    What's strange about director John Singleton's picture is that he seemsto think his characters are deep, and that we deserve to spend a lot oftime with them when they're not doing anything. The plot doesn't reallykick in until maybe the half hour mark, and even after we do start toroll, there are points when characters will stop just to chat and letus get to know them — all the bland, lifeless them that there is toknow.

    His "friend", Karen, isn't much better. She basically serves no purposeexcept to give Nathan someone to talk to throughout, and even when itwould be intelligent to leave her so that she can be safe, he doesn'tbecause, well, I'm not really sure. She protests against going home,although she's not the target anyway. He is, because there's a listthat his father — his real father, anyway, as it turns out thatIsaacs' character wasn't really his dad — stole, that everyone elsewants. There's more to the list than just that, but it serves as theMacGuffin to drive the plot.

    Whether or not Taylor Lautner makes a good action star will dependentirely on how you see him, and whether or not you can believe it.Personally, I didn't think he had it in him, but if you're a big fan,you'll probably overlook any of his flaws anyway. I can say that hedesperately struggled with the more dramatic scenes, line delivery, oreven acting like a normal human being whenever he wasn't being chased.

    What gets to me most is how poorly the established actors were used.Weaver gets three scenes total, I believe, Nyqvist is always just inthe background, except for one scene during a Pittsburgh Piratesbaseball game which comes close to being the sole highlight, whileMolina plays basically the same character as Nyqvist, being used in thesame way: Poorly. If "Abduction" goes to prove anything, it's thatLautner cannot carry an action film alone.

    This would still all be okay if the action was entertaining, but itjust isn't. The action scenes follow this sort of pattern: Fist fight,car chase, fist fight, car chase. Rinse and repeat as often as you canin the remaining hour and change after the plot kicks in, and I'vebasically described the entire movie. Well, there are those scenes whenthe characters, and the audience get a break, but they end up draggingus down because the actors involved in them don't make us believe intheir characters.

    "Abduction" is terrible, especially given how talented the supportingcast members are. But Lautner can't carry this film, the secondaryactors are all underutilized, while the writing and action scenes wereall lackluster. The plot doesn't even make complete sense, with thingsneeding exposition being ignored, and things easily understood givenall of the time. Unless you want to watch Taylor Lautner being chasedaround for 100 minutes, you have no reason to spend your time with"Abduction".

  7. copella_c from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    …but without any of the charm.

    The title says it all, so it's hardly a spoiler to know this filmcenters around an abduction. Add the CIA, some "Serbian" guys (why dothey always make Serbians sound Bulgarian or…Irish? Strange), and acouple of kids, and you get? A very dull film with some flatline actingfrom the male lead. Really, he was shocking. And his 15yo costarmanaged to keep a ton of makeup on even after falling in a river. Kudoson that.

    The most amazing thing about this film was that they got SigourneyWeaver. Wow, bet she regrets that! Anyway. To surmise: awful script,terrible acting (apart from mum and dad), done-to-death storyline and alead who has the same charisma as a lump of wood.

    It's lucky to get 2 stars, and that's more because I think my mood hasbeen swung by the really yummy apple I was eating whilst watching it(thus stopping me from slipping into a coma)

  8. Dillon Becker from Pittsburgh, PA
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    As a film major I have a whole list of analytical problems with thismovie, but from a typical audience member's point of view, this moviewas just BAD. Nothing made sense, the acting was terrible, and half thescenes were painful to watch. The "action" was decent at best, and the"romance" was a joke. The entire theater (which was quite full) wasdying from laughter throughout the entire film. If you thought thetrailer looked bad, the rest of the film is worse.

    As I mentioned, nothing seemed to make sense. The characters travelfrom Pittsburgh to Virginia to halfway to Nebraska then back toPittsburgh all in about a day, but I'm not even sure if that's correctbecause nothing is ever made clear or explained. We see scenes begin tounravel, then suddenly they jump forward in time with no explanation.For example, Karen (Lily Collins) is tied up in a room. We see herknock a glass cup off a counter and it shatters. She starts kicking thebroken glass towards her hands which are tied up around a chair leg,but then we cut back to Nathan (Taylor Lautner) who is fighting someRussian guy and suddenly she shows up in the doorway. What happened??How did she cut herself loose?? And this isn't just a one time thing -it happens all throughout the film! Who made them lunch in the café? Itwas empty!! And who put the gun under his seat at the stadium?!

    Film flubs aside, the acting is terrible. Karen is decent, but Nathanis a joke. Even Sigourney Weaver sounds like she's reading the linesoff the script. The only time we ever hear even a small dose of emotionfrom her is the very end of the film. Any moment that was supposed tobe taken seriously was ruined by the acting and the film's attempt tobe "cool." Most the humor was topical (Justin Bieber jokes, Facebookreferences) and the romance plot was pathetic.

    All in all this movie was BAD. The action was alright, but if you wantto see an action film go watch something else. The romance was dumb.The acting was mostly awful and the story was sub-par. If you want agood laugh then by all means go see this movie! Otherwise, don't evenbother.

    Oh, and can someone PLEASE explain to me how it was late evening inPittsburgh, PA, but it was mid-afternoon in London??!?!!?

  9. afijamesy2k from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    It's hard to believe that this is the same director that did Boyz n thehood 20 years ago is now director of this piece of terrible piece oftrash called abduction, it starts Lautner who was so good in Twlightmany years back is awful here as a teenage who's parents were kidnappedis trying to prove his innocence and finds the killers who kidnappedthe parents, this is so bad on fronts, the acting is worthless, sometalents like Weaver and Molina are wasted, the screenplay is a mess andthe editing is useless, this is one of the worst movies of the year anda complete disappointment from john singleton.

    I Was so very disappointed in this, Thumbs Way Down on this one.

  10. thethumbthing from Netherlands
    29 Mar 2012, 5:36 pm

    In this time of economic crisis and people all around us loosing homesand jobs, i just wonder what type of salary this Taylor Lautner got forhis role in this movie? (7.5 million!!!)Here's a guy who has no rightto be given the opportunity to act in films and be paid for it! Thereare so many talented actors out there serving tables and this guy isgetting massive salaries to do what he obviously does worst… act!This was a B minus film, not worth the admission fee or the 2 hours youwill waste watching it! I wonder what the budget of this film was?, themoney would have been better used if given to starving children or me!go to a gym if your interested in hot bodies, go to the movies if youwant a good film, or so the theory goes…

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