Abduction Review – A High School Project With Big Bucks

by on November 25, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Abduction: produciton still of Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins

I was curious and I pulled up Abduction on my Amazon Prime service.  I should have known better but I was curious. I shoulda known better.

For fans of the Twilight film series, I bet Taylor Lautner fans were pretty excited when they heard that he was starring in his own movie.

Abduction, along with Lautner, also starred Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello (for a quick moment or two), a sporadic appearance by Sigourney Weaver and a few others.  It was directed by John Singleton (Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious).

To me a movie product is the culmination of cast & crew and you’d think that the few names I put out here might have suggested a decent or acceptable movie.  Yet this 106-minute film felt more like a 3-hour event that dragged on and on.

I’m not sure where to start, but what comes to mind is that the film felt like a high school project that was funded with a rich dad’s wallet.  It felt flat, like all the characters were played by Kristen Stewart as Bella, playing all the characters.

I kept hoping it would maybe get better but this action movie kept trying to break out into some sort of detailed story telling to fill us in on bland background details.  All this despite like some of the cast involved.

As one example of my movie watching (emotional) pain, I can’t tell you how many times we were shown a train traveling along on the tracks, while they were on the train.

There were just so many assumptions and “interesting” scene connects that it was quite the challenge to try and watch Lautner’s character trying to figure out who he can trust and not trust.  And what secret, inner voice he needs to listen to, to bring up his karate skills.

On a popcorn scale of 1 to 10, this snagged a 4 in my bag of popcorn.  Maybe even a 3.  I’m not sure.  My mind is noo tumb to think clearly.  After watching Abduction, I needed to tune into the Syfy channel and clear my head with some form of better, B-movie TV clutter.

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