Directed by: John Singleton
Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina
Release Date: September 23, 2011
TRAILER SCORE: 4/10
Thoughts by TSR: In case you didn’t know this, it’s hard being Taylor Lautner. I get a feeling that the angsty undertones that plague the first 30 seconds of this trailer were meant to be misleading, but instead they inspire a level of frustration that I can’t even put into words.
The one thing I will give the trailer credit for is that, in this day and age of flashes and quick edits, Abduction spends enough of its time fleshing out a coherent story for the audience to connect with. Unfortunately, it’s just a story that I have little to interest in.
I’m not going to whine about the casting of a Twilight actor (even though I’m not fond of the franchise) because Lautner looks like he can hold his own, at least from the trailer. he may not have the acting chops to make me really interested in the character, but as far as pure action and entertainment, Singleton could have done far worse.
In the end, the main issue with the trailer is its glacial pace in the beginning paired with unbelievable stunts (no, literally, I don’t believe them) which leaves a sort of schizophrenic feel to the movie. Abduction is hardly a movie I’m rushing out to see in theaters, but I could see it counting as passable entertainment when I have the option of watching it from the comfort of my own home and skipping through the lame attempts at constructing an intelligent plot.