Abduction (2011)
By: J.R. McNamara on July 22, 2012  | 
Roadshow | Region B | 2.35:1, 1080p | English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 | 105 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: John Singleton
Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Sigourney Weaver
Screenplay: Shawn Christensen
Country: USA
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I love action films, I always have, and I have watched my fair share of them. From super blockbusters starring Arnold to Z-grade crap starring John Matusak, I love the thrill of the chase and to see a bad guy get his arse served to him on a plate, with vegetables, by a chef who it a master of the face-smashing arts.

Abduction gives us Taylor Lautner, of Spy Kids and, more infamously, Twilight fame, attempting to show us he is more than a wimpy werewolf who cries every time an ugly goth chick gets knobbed by a dead pedophile.

Nathan (Lautner) like all teenagers feels like he doesn't belong and that his parents don't understand him, and perhaps they aren't even his real parents? The problem is, Nathan is right. After finding a picture of himself on a 'missing children' website he decides to do a bit of investigation into how that could be, but what he finds is a lot more than he ever expected. The website though, is a trap, and after Nathan's faux parents Mara and Kevin (Maria Bello and Jason Isaacs respectively) are killed Nathan and his friend/girlfriend Karen (the abnormally eyebrowed Lily Collins) find themselves on the run and pursued by a bunch of very frustrated Russians and the CIA, led by Burton (Alfred Molina), but who can they trust, if anyone?

Would this film exist were it not for the Bourne Identity? I doubt it, but like that film, is it the perfect vehicle to show off Lautner's acting abilities and action skills, which the Twilight saga failed to show? It essentially is a second string, big budget action film made explicitly as a Lautner showcase, because let's face it, Valentine's Day wasn't going to do that, unless he wanted to face a career like Matthew McConaughey's. This is where the problem with the film lies: it offers nothing really new for a seasoned action film fan. It has all the traditional elements: a man, or in this case a boy, on the run, a series of seemingly untrustworthy allies (all adults) and a hero with skills far beyond the ken of a mere mortal (in this case Nathan was trained by a cranky father figure and has a history of wrestling at school), however these elements are skewed slightly for a teen audience.

It is a well acted and reasonably scripted film that lies deep in the wonderful land of the generic. Whilst I found myself rolling my eyes here and there, I could appreciate it being good at what it was attempting to do, and that 15 to 20 year olds would cream their jeans over it.
Of course, a big budget film made only recently is going to have an impeccable image, and the 2.40: 1 presentation flawless. If it were any crisper it would snap off in your eye socket.
Like the image, the 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is tiptop: clear, punchy and boisterous when the action fires up.
Extra Features
Abduction Application: Customizable In Film Experience incorporates the following three extras into the film so you can watch, for example, a stunt, and then see how it is done:

Abduction Chronicle: On-Camera Production Journal with Taylor Lautner looks at the making of the film through Lautner's eyes, and his passion for this film is infectious. It's not often you get to see a teenager actually passionate about something that isn't Instagram or Meme related.

Initiation of an Action Hero: An Inside Look at Taylor's Amazing Stunts looks at Lautner's potential as an action hero, and he does have a lot of potential. This is a very physical guy!

The Fight for the Truth: Cast and Crew Discuss the Making of Abduction is the usual self congratulatory wank these things can sometimes be. 'Oh it was so great working with *insert name here*, he/she is a legend blah blah blah'.

Pulled Punches: Gag Reel is the least funny gag reel I have ever seen.á As the film was made to show off Lautner's physique, this seems to exist to show his funny and personable side. Teenage girls will love it. Thinking about it though, if I were an actor, I'd find a gag reel quite offensive: imagine if your boss published you screwing up at work on DVD for the amusement of others!!
The Verdict
This film is to the Bourne Identity what Disturbia is to Rear Window or what Never Back Down is to Fight Club. It's Diet Coke. Satisfying, but not the real thing. It's not a bad film, but I think a teenager would find the generic Hollywood action and romance far more appealing.
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