Members of Team Edward rejoice. “Abduction” is the final nail in Taylor Lautner’s coffin.
The “Twilight Saga” star’s first leading actor performance is an absolute disaster, deconstructing Hollywood’s belief that Lautner can ever escape the shadow of Jacob Black. However, if Lautner’s involvement were “Abduction’s” only problem, the movie may have been a blast. Unfortunately, dumb dialogue and an even stupider story place a cap on its competency.
Lautner plays Nathan Harper, a young man who has always had the uneasy feeling that he is 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 as he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie.
In fact, Nathan’s life is carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Just as Nathan begins to piece together his true identity, a team of trained killers break into his home and kill the man and women he once believed to be his father and his mother.
This then forces Nathan on the run with the only person he can trust – his neighbor Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as they race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. However, as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he will survive is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.
Granted, expectations should be low for a movie starring Lautner and Collins. But once supporting actors Maria Bello, Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver are added to the mix, those expectations are raised. Moreover, attach director John Singleton, whose credits include “Four Brothers” and “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and “Abduction” has little reason not to succeed.
However, as it turns out, one must never underestimate the power of an actor with absolutely no talent whatsoever (other than to evoke giggles from preteen girls at the sight of his too-tight-T-shirt, of course). Then again, Lautner is not completely to blame. He shares that with screenwriter Shawn Christensen, who apparently does not play by the rules dictated by average intelligence.
On the other hand, “Abduction” scores points for being so gosh darn exciting from start to finish even if one must check their brain – and I mean their whole brain – at the door to the auditorium. The movie is beyond ridiculous but at least it is entertaining. In fact, the flick is almost so silly that it crosses over into guilty pleasure territory. Almost.
“Abduction” (PG-13 – 106 minutes) is now playing at movie theaters throughout the Valley. Visit FirstLook.com for specific showtimes.
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