Friday, September 23, 2011

In Theaters : ABDUCTION (2011)

Official Synopsis : 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.

Genre: Thriller, Action

What to Expect : An inane teenage spy thriller that's going to beat you over the head with the concept that Taylor Lautner is a splendid leading actor. He is NOT. But, to be perfectly fair, it's the script that does most of the damage here. The movie marks two distinct failures for two people involved : Lautner's breakthrough as a leading actor and John Singleton's return to directing after a six-year absence. Tragic !

Critical Response : Negative. In fact, it's probably the worst movie of 2011, if we are to believe the critics. A string of apocalypytic reviews were unleashed, most of which slammed the script for providing silly dialogues and an unoriginal plot that pretty much sink the whole movie, prompting accusations of incompetence from many reviewers. There is nothing redeeming about the movie and Lautner's big debut as a leading actor goes out with a whimper, not a bang. Rated 7% on Rottentomatoes.com from 3 positive and 42 negative reviews.

More Details : 

  • Starring : Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Maria Bello, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Jason Isaacs, Sigourney Weaver.

  • Director : John Singleton.

  • Screenplay : Shawn Christensen.

  • Running Time : 106 min.

  • Rating : PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying.

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