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The Abduction Of Zack Butterfield (2011)



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Laemmle Theatres and Thunder Hill are pleased to present The Abduction of Zack Butterfield, a new indie psychological thriller in which a beautiful but disturbed young woman returns from combat as an American mercenary in Iraq and abducts a 14-year-old New York boy, holding him prisoner in her isolated country home as a bizarre romantic relationship develops. Brett Helsham and TJ Plunkett star. --(c) Laemmle
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for The Abduction Of Zack Butterfield

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

Subscribing to the philosophy that creepy equals interesting, the film contains barely a moment that isn't flat-footed, ludicrous or both.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If Ed Wood had directed "The Silence of the Lambs," it might have been as unin tentionally hilarious as the goofball would-be thriller "The Abduction of Zack Butterfield."

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

A cringingly awkward tale of sexual predation and female lunacy.

May 26, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Woefully amateurish.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011
Top Critic

The script is often ludicrous (gratuitous digs at feminism; muddled commentary on war and the military), the sets look like sets, and the acting -- aside from Helsham and Plunkett -- doesn't even rise to the level of student films.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011
Village Voice
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A terrible, muddled and ultimately yawning psychosexual kidnap drama. So inept and risible that it makes the case there should be some sort of creative gatekeeper, even for indie cinematic efforts.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Abduction Of Zack Butterfield

I love a bad movie and ZACK delivers! Amazingly awful but truly sublime as only a really bad movie can be. Saw this right after THE TREE OF LIFE, a far better but disappointing film that could never deliver in the way ZACK does. Far worse than your average student film, never as good as a bad SVU episode, but in this world of mediocrity at the movies, bad cinematic experiences deserved a revered place on the mantle. Bravo to THE ABDUCTION OF ZACK BUTTERFIELD!

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

Damn! This never happened to me when I was 14. Deutchland, Deutchland uber alles. Blonde, bad and beautiful - what's not to like? Good thing I didn't read the reviews until after I saw the movie. I would have missed a great film.

Fred Cook
Fred Cook

As a woman (and a feminist,) I find the Abduction of Zach Butterfield a brave attempt at exposing the taboo subject of a woman as sexual predator. This topic was dealt with unflinchingly in this audacious effort by an obviously neophyte director. The actors did a great job at portraying their characters and the cinematographer did an excellent job of framing the beauty of the Hudson Valley. Brett Helsham did an amazing job of portraying the bi-polar and PTSD haunted personality of the protagonist, April. TJ Plunkett as Zack was superb. But I related most to the heart-wrenching scenes of Lisa Gunn as the bewildered mother waiting for her son to return home. This is a very emotional and dramatic film; I immediately hated April and loved Zack. The bathroom scene was my favorite. It was exciting to watch Zack plot his escape. I'll have to watch this thriller at least five more times for a proper critique.

Anne Carole
Anne Carole

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