23 Sep Abduction Review
“What if your entire life was a lie?” or “The fight for the truth will be the fight of his life”
The Movie in Brief
In one sentence:
“Taylor Lautner stars as a young man unwittingly thrust into a deadly world of covert espionage in Lionsgate’s action-thriller, ABDUCTION, directed by John Singleton.
For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he’s living someone else’s life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan’s darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined.
Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by a team of trained killers, forcing him on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. But as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he’ll survive – and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father – is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.
ABDUCTION stars Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Issacs, Maria Bello, Michael Nyqvist and Sigourney Weaver. The film is directed by John Singleton and written by Shawn Christensen.. — (C) Official Site”
Food for Thought:
Just say your life was an utter illusion and a lie.. what would you do.. hmm? that is food for thought. Makes you think you are living in the matrix. What around you is real..whoaa.. the thought of it is quite freaky.
The Show Stealer:
I would pick two actors, Sigourney Weaver and Jason Isaacs . Sigourney purely because seeing her back on the big screen gives me a rush. She’s an amazing actress and while this movie was not one her hardest roles, but she played her cool headed-no nonsense Dr Bennett role well. I loved the scene where she was telling Nathan that he had only 20 seconds left till she make the turn for them to jump out of the car. She gave all these instructions while being in a car chase!
I personally think that the acting for the main young leads Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins were mediocre. There wasn’t enough depth to their characters. Especially for Lautner. This wouldn’t be an easy role to pull off, cause there is a lot of emotional baggage and questions that he needed to deal with. Sadly that didn’t really come off sincerely in the movie. I found it half baked, it was almost as if… he’s nearly trying to make you feel sympathetic for him but… no i just didn’t get it. He fell short to impress me.
Singleton is poorly equipped to handle teenage angst, a fact made far worse by cringe-worthy dialogue and a wooden leading man who proves that he has not yet developed the skills required to carry a film. Lautner isn’t much of an actor and behind his face is a brain ticking away at one kilometre per hour with the repetitive long-held close-ups of his face yielding no more emotional insights than the equally long close-ups of his stomach.
It’s like Taylor Lautner made a movie just for Team Jacob!… Mostly it’s a lot of Taylor standing around not moving his face or anything so that we can just look at him…
Love These Moments:
- The tender moment between Nathan and his dad – whom he never gets to meet – was quite touching. Especially when the dad, Martin mentions to Nathan that he’s always been around, watching from the distance. The things a parent does for their kids safety.
- It wasn’t even ten minutes into the film, Taylor Lautner’s shirt wa s already off!… super eye candy hahah
Hate these moments:
- I really really couldn’t stand the mushy scenes between Nathan and Karen, it made me feel like was watching High School Musical mixed with Twilight.
- The crying bits for Taylor Lautner somehow just didn’t cut it for me. I couldn’t feel the raw emotion that one should have when certain situations have a depe impact on you / hurt you.
- Plus him acting like he was hurt.. didn’t really seem like he was hurt after landing from a high point only to injure his right ankle. It looked like he twisted the ankle but after a while he was able to run again and his leg miraculously twisted itself back to shape.
[xrr overall rating=3/5]
See it / Skip it:
I would say see it. The director is John Singleton, who directed 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Blind Side, so the movie still has some nice action sequences that are silverscreen worthy. Plus.. if you just want some eye candy: for the ladies just go check out Taylor Lautner’s bod and for the guys just look at Lily Collins. Win-win situation. Everyone’s happy ^_^ so yes See it!