Director: John Singleton
Cast & Crew: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Nyqvist, Elisabeth Röhm
Plot Summary: For as long as he can remember, Nathan Price (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he is 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 agents, 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 bad guys and Agents. But as they close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he will survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.
Review: The movie starts with Nathan (Taylor Lautner) sitting on the bonnet of a friend’s car while he’s rashly driving through winding tree-lined roads to get to school. Like many young boys this activity gives them an adrenaline rush and if that wasn’t enough, they head to a party where everyone is half-nude and going bonkers getting sloshed. Scene change to next morning, Nathan is lying in the lawn in his underpants oblivious to his whereabouts until his father comes to pick him up, post which he’s grounded for a week. One remarkable thing to note is Taylor’s fantastically carved abs which he shows off with much aplomb. It was probably long overdue that his body gets credit post his modelling stint as a wolf in the Twilight series, hence he gets a platform and a movie showing and talking abs, Abduction, how (ab)solutely brilliant is that!
His father (Jason Isaacs) trains him to fight like a man, after having half broken his jaw through those heavy blows across his face but Taylor does not accept defeat, he fights back with equal force and it is a fightclub in the house! Okay, cut to the chase, he is being trained to fight for his life through each of the gym/workout sessions, wrestling matches at school and the ‘fight’ sessions with his father. Soon enough Taylor realizes that the life he is living is not a reality, because he finds his picture on a missing persons website and sets out on a search for truth, in the process seeing his parents murdered by a bunch of goons who have planted a bomb in the house, so Taylor is running for his life with an overgrown baby-like girl, Karen ( Lily Collins) who has been studying with Taylor in high school and lives across the street from him and both of them have had the hots for each other since they first went holidaying together in 8th grade. That is a very long duration, one would say. What is amazingly paradoxical here is that our macho man feels shy to speak to a girl he has known for the longest time, who he studies with and lives across the street from, all he does is stare coyly at her and she catches his look everytime. There is also a making-out scene between them that shall keep you glued to the screen because the story is really going nowhere, there are too many twists that the audience shall get a mind-twist at the end of the 106 mins of running time.
Taylor has literally been spoon-fed in his first solo performance as macho-boy man in Abduction more so because of the other established actors in the movie. There is action, there is wee-bit of romance, there is too much brand talk through the Apple products and BMWs and the Chevrolet cars still it isn’t enough to draw a large chunk of audience.
Verdict: Watch it, but don’t judge it. Girls will swoon over Taylor since it was good to see him in a non-wolf avatar here, guys will only get jealous and may choose to ogle at the good-looking gadgets instead!