Abduction (2011)

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Critic Consensus: A soulless and incompetent action/thriller not even a veteran lead actor could save, let alone Taylor Lautner.

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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. -- (C) Lionsgate
Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Alfred Molina
as Burton
Antonique Smith
as Agent Sandra Burns
Sigourney Weaver
as Dr. Bennett
Jake Andolina
as CIA Man
Ken Arnold
as Thermal
Steve Blass
as Game Announcer
Derek Burnell
as Hot Dog Vendor
Radick Cembryznski
as Kozlow's Tech
Mike Clark
as News Reporter
Jack Erdie
as Short Sleeves
Tim Griffin
as Red Flannel
Mike Lee
as Tech
James Liebro
as Stadium Usher
Frank Lloyd
as Brighton Beach #2
Elisabeth Röhm
as Woman/Lorna
Adam Christian Stanley
as CIA Swat Leader
Art Terry
as Amtrak Security Guard
Ilia Volok
as Sweater
Cherokee Walker
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Abduction

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (20)

While the ultra-banal dialogue draws the occasional titter, the action scenes are tame and it's rife with plot holes that you could navigate a burning blimp through.

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie is a more objective opportunity to assess Lautner's potential as a general-purpose action hero once his emo-goth run wraps. You might not want to go betting on that one.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A blockhead espionage thriller from director-for-hire John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood).

Full Review… | September 25, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Perhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached.

Full Review… | September 25, 2011
ReelViews
Top Critic

Singleton once radiated ambition and vision. These days, he seems to be aiming for mediocrity at best. Even by those extraordinarily lenient standards, the inessential, perfunctory Abduction falls short.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Sadly, it's impossible to fake the faintest enthusiasm for this picture, which is a fourth-rate Hollywood thriller that bungles a lot of thievery from better movies.

September 23, 2011
Salon.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Abduction

½

May not be the stupidest movie I ever saw, but got to be coming close. No wonder Taylor does not seem to get decent roles! (By the way, I am not a fan, but he is not *that* bad as an actor). This is just a crappy movie with a silly plot.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

A dumb thriller with a foolish script. Taylor Lautner has one expression, dazed confusion, no matter what kind of danger he's in so involvement in his plight is minimal. Lily Collins is not much better. Quality actors Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, and Sigourney Weaver are wasted in nothing parts and Alfred Molina seems as bored as you will be.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Some interesting, Hitchcockian twists and turns but overall the acting and less than perfect action sequences make it difficult to watch.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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