Watched Jul 19, 2012
Adam Cook’s review:
Many of the biggest action stars have shown you don’t need acting talent to make it in the genre but you do need at least a vague hint of charisma. Sadly, anybody who has had to sit through the Twilight films will know that Taylor Lautner is in short supply of either talent or charm. Obviously Abduction was seen as his chance to break out from the franchise that made him and become a star in his own right. Well the film spectacularly failed to achieve this or tell a compelling story.
This is basically Agent Cody Bourne with an ass-kicking teen caught in an elaborate and incredibly silly conspiracy theory as he tries to discover who he really is. Along for the ride is Lily Collins as his love interest yet the relationship is devoid of any spark and their first kiss is laughable in the extreme. What the likes of Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina are doing slumming it in such drivel is anybody’s guess (and I really hope the money was good) but every time they appear on screen with Lautner the gulf in talent is startling. For such a spectacularly stupid film it is surprisingly humourless (despite the best efforts of the terrible dialogue and wooden delivery) whilst the action is unimaginative, poorly choreographed and badly edited.
Even though this is a worthless film in every conceivable department it still isn’t close to being the worst film I’ve seen this year (although that says a lot more about the shit I watch rather than the quality of this film).