Abduction

2011

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

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All Critics (106) | 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.

Sep 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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.

Sep 26, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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A blockhead espionage thriller from director-for-hire John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood).

Sep 25, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 25, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 23, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
AV Club
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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.

Sep 23, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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½

A very average action/thriller, more of a teenage Bourne identity. It obviously had plenty of money to be spent on it, but from the very experienced cast none of the performances were that good. It does feel like a collection of ideas from other films, but sadly doesn't do them as well. Ok if nothing else is on.

Dean King
Dean King

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