Title: Abduction
Year: 2011
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller 
Play time: 1h 46min
Director: John Singleton
Screenwriters: Shawn Christensen
Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina

Abduction is actually quite a canny move for Twilight hunk Taylor Lautner, who obviously has a sense of his limitations as an actor (severe) and his chops as an action star (considerable). John Singleton’s film is a B-grade teen-Van-Damme sort of deal, moving briskly from one martial arts-heavy set piece to the next without leaving much time for things like emoting or talking. The nineteen year-old Lautner has an intense, glowering presence and a rare (in this country) ability to do most of his own stunts, resulting in some fight and chase scenes that aren’t chopped into mincemeat to substitute body doubles. He’s fun to watch, but the movie still wears thin, brought low by a useless and insufferable female lead (Lily Collins) and a plot that begins as cheerfully nonsensical and gradually grows into idiocy (such as the realization that there actually isn’t a single abduction on offer). Abduction does, however, offer the year’s most hilariously intractable line of dialogue: “I’m not dying here. There’s a bomb in the oven.”


Eugene Novikov

Seeking in movies meaning and reflection in real-time. On the look out for biography, thriller & drama best pieces.

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