Abduction: Rated “PG-13“ (106 Minutes)
Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Isaacs
Directed by: John Singleton
What would you do if you were to see yourself on a “missing child” website? Would you freak out? Assume that you had been abducted? Or would you simply discover that your Father were Government operatives, and your father put you in protective custody as a baby to protect you while he continued to roam the globe acting as a rogue assassin for the government. Well while the first scenario is probably the more likely of those put forth, for this exercise, let’s assume the latter is actually the case. At least that is the premise of this action/adventure yarn that casts teen heartthrob (and once and future werewolf) Taylor Lautner as Nathan just your average teen about to graduate high school who is suddenly confronted with this strange new truth about his life.
With Graduation just a few weeks away, Nathan witnesses the brutal murder of both his parents, and the total destruction of his home. Confused and in fear for his life, he, and his girlfriend, Karen (Collins), set out to find the truth (the day before, it was Karen who accidently discovered that Nat Nathan was possibly a missing child). Just as he is about to discover the truth, two “G-Men” kick in the door, and kill both of his parents. Now, on the run from a man who may or may not be who he says he is (Molina), Nathan takes the word of a woman who he believed to be his therapist (Weaver), who reveals herself to actually be a Spook (government spy, and friend of his folks) to go on the lam.
Now,running for his life with Karen in tow, Nathan must decide who he can trust as people begin shooting at him as they search for a list that his real father gave to him for safekeeping. The events are far-fetched, to be sure, but it all still makes for an entertaining ride as Lautner scowls and grimaces his way through this set-piece as the game rides itself out. There is certainly enough action to keep fans in their seats, and yes kids (and moms), Lautner does take his shirt off so teens and cougars alike all can get their jollies looking at his rippling six-pack.
Admittedly, we do sort of want to run the film down, but honestly don’t have any overwhelming reason to do so, for it seems to be entertaining enough to hold the audience’s interest until the house lights come up, so if you must, check it out. We’re reasonably sure that you’ll enjoy yourselves.
Robert J. Sodaro has been writing professionally for over 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications, as well as on the web.