Excerpt: Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) is a normal teenager who one day discovers the couple he thought were his parents (Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs) were actually assigned to watch over him after the death of his mother. When assassins show up at their home, Nathan finds himself on the run with his neighbor Karen (Lilly Collins), trying to get away both from the CIA and foreign assassins looking to get their hands on something Nathan has.
Excerpt: Even when he’s not a werewolf inexplicably tearing everything off but his pants, Taylor Lautner still finds a means to be shirtless. In Abduction , a movie in which no one is actually abducted mind you, he gets drunk, waking up on a random front lawn without a shirt… because all teenage drunks shred their clothes when trashed. Were that the only thing wrong with Abduction , playing it up to an audience of drooling, texting teenagers, maybe it wouldn’t be so offensive.
Excerpt: John Singleton's Abduction is a lot of things, but awesome isn't one of them. Truth be told, what we've got here is nothing but a disappointing actioner ruined by an atrocious script and a solid dose of bad acting, led by none other than Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who really can't make it through an entire movie without repeatedly taking off his shirt.
Conclusion: 'Abduction' can be fun at times, and the film does everything it sets out to do, but in the end it spends too much time trying to be cool rather than being as tight and logical as possible. The Blu-ray's visual presentation is generally strong, but it suffers from an overall flatness and lack of detail in bright and dark areas. The audio is good in spots, like the diner sequence, but underwhelming for an action thriller mixed in 7.1.
Excerpt: The Twilight movies are so inherently stilted and bogged down by dialogue that it's impossible to judge acting talent in them. Even legitimately gifted performers, like Dakota Fanning or Michael Sheen, can seem flat with their caked-on vampire makeup. So until now it's seemed unfair to judge Taylor Lautner, the boy wonder who broke out as werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight movies, and, much more so than his reticent co-stars, seemed happy to accept the mantle of teen...
Excerpt: With the seminal 1991 message-movie Boyz N The Hood , John Singleton made a strong challenge to Spike Lee’s self-appointed title as the cinematic voice of black America . Twenty years later, Singleton has made Abduction , another story about a teenager with daddy issues, but this time, he’s firmly in work-for-hire mode.
Summary: John Singleton’s directorial career has veered decidedly mainstream since his work in the ‘90s, something you’d think would make him the perfect helmer for a Taylor Lautner vehicle (and "from the director of Boyz n the Hood " isn’t gonna mean much to T-Lau fans anyway). As with 2 Fast 2 Furious , he proves adept at shooting an action sequence but again struggles to inject the faint glimmer of tension or emotion that could poke through Abduction ’s double whammy of rote...
Excerpt: This movie feels like nothing more than an extended show reel for the young male lead, dreamed up by studio execs to make an easy buck. The space around the teen heartthrob is filled with an established and highly-regarded supporting cast, who have nothing to work with in a film that has been clumsily put together without even attempting to be clever, entertaining or exciting; all things a good spy flick should be.