Release date: still showing in selected cinemas
Running time: 106mins
Abduction? Where? This is a "searching for my true identity" movie. Sorry if this is a spoiler, but there is no abduction. On the plus side, from about the 20 minute mark there's something happening in almost every minute of the movie. The fighting and stunt scenes are also well executed and believable. However, the dialog is full of corn, and the plot is full of holes, not to mention the inappropriate title.
Abduction boasts an all star line-up, including Sigourney Weaver (Avatar, Aliens), Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Chocolat), Maria Bello (A History Of Violence, Payback), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl Who.. series of movies from Norway), and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter movies), however these stars seem underused, with the prominent Weaver appearing in about 3 scenes. One couldn't help feeling for her (and the others) having to deliver some very cheesy lines, and some of the audience at this showing were audibly laughing at it.
One could also be forgiven for thinking that this is purely a Taylor Lautner vehicle, perhaps intended to break him free of some Twilight shackles. Perhaps he is also trying to enter the action movie genre. Die-hard Lautner fans might receive some value as he receives most of the screen time, and has his shirt off a couple of times during the movie.
Director John Singleton seems to be still riding the success of the exceptional Boyz N The Hood (1991), which he also wrote. Perhaps he should have filled Shawn Christensen's shoes on this film, too.
2 out of 5 stars
Review by Dave Nottage