Abduction

"OK"

Abduction Review


There's an intriguing premise to this snappy action thriller, but it's never properly developed by the inane script and bland direction. Director Singleton and writer Christensen are far more interested in macho posturing and nasty violence than characters or plausibility.

Nathan (Lautner) is a lively Pittsburgh teen with even livelier parents (Isaacs and Bello), although he sees a shrink (Weaver) to keep his anger issues in check. While working on a school project with childhood crush Karen (Collins), he stumbles across a missing-child website with a picture of him at age 3.

Suddenly he doubts who he really is, and indeed he and Karen have uncovered a secret involving a foreign agent (Nyqvist) and a CIA boss (Molina) who are both desperate to get their hands on some important information.

With deeply unsubtle camerawork and editing, every twist and turn of Nathan's odyssey is suggested in advance and then reiterated to make sure we got it. But this is filmmaking for idiots, since nothing is actually that complicated. As Nathan and Karen go on the run, their pursuers are one small step behind them, mainly to keep suspense levels high. And the outrageous stunts are inserted to look cool rather than contribute to the action.

Indeed, Lautner's entire performance consists of angling his jawline to catch the light, flexing his muscled back and abs and giving wry little smiles as if to say, "I'm a movie star, deal with it." So we're lucky that there's a solid cast around him: Weaver, Isaacs and Bello are terrific as characters who we know from the start are more than they seem to be, while Molina has fun as the slippery, possibly untrustworthy "good" guy. Poor Collins barely registers.

There's a sense that Singleton wanted this to be a Hitchcock-style thriller about an innocent young man caught in a web of intrigue. Note the wacky camera moves, the train action set piece and the crowded baseball stadium climax. But the MacGuffin (a list of double agents stored in a mobile phone) makes no sense at all when you think about it. Energetic but dimwitted action doesn't build suspense. And, truthfully, it's not much more than a vaguely enjoyable star vehicle.



Abduction

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Friday 23rd September 2011

Box Office USA: $28.1M

Box Office Worldwide: $82.1M

Budget: $35M

Distributed by: Lionsgate Films

Production compaines: Lions Gate Films, Quick Six Entertainment, Mango Farms, Gotham Group, Vertigo Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 4%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 98

IMDB: 5.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Dan Lautner, Roy Lee, Lee Stollman

Starring: as Nathan, as Karen, as Frank Burton, as Kevin, as Mara, as Kozlow, as Dr. Bennett, as Sandra Burns, as Gilly

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

The Big Sick Movie Review

The Big Sick Movie Review

It may be rather long for a romantic comedy, but this film has such a...

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

There's no reason why this animated comedy adventure needed to be this pointless. Solidly entertaining...

Advertisement
England Is Mine Movie Review

England Is Mine Movie Review

While this is billed as a film about The Smiths' singer-songwriter Morrissey, it's actually an...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

It's been 20 years since French filmmaker Luc Besson shook up the sci-fi genre with...

Dunkirk Movie Review

Dunkirk Movie Review

Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one...

Killing Ground Movie Review

Killing Ground Movie Review

From Australia, this dark and edgy thriller is skilfully made by writer-director Damien Power to...

City of Ghosts Movie Review

City of Ghosts Movie Review

This award-winning documentary plays like a thriller as it traces the work of a group...

Cars 3 Movie Review

Cars 3 Movie Review

It's been six years since the last Cars movie (there were two Planes movies in...

The Beguiled Movie Review

The Beguiled Movie Review

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.