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Running Time:
1 hour, 46 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A soulless and incompetent action-thriller.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Abduction Chronicle: On-Camera Production Journal with Taylor Lautner; The Fight For The Truth: Making Abduction; Initiation Of An Action Hero: Taylor's Amazing Stunts; Pulled Punches: Gag Reel; Closed Caption.

Taylor Lautner ... Nathan
Lily Collins ... Karen
Alfred Molina ... Burton)
Jason Isaacs ... Kevin
Maria Bello ... Mara
Sigourney Weaver ... Dr. Bennett)
Denzel Whitaker ... Gilly
Michael Nyqvist ...Kozlow


Abduction Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) is a party-hearty teenager who, when not enduring competitive sparring sessions with his dad (Jason Isaacs), sees a therapist (Sigourney Weaver) for what’s deemed “impulsivity, insomnia and rage issues.”  After being assigned to a school project with his neighbor and longtime crush, Karen (Lily Collins), Nathan sees a picture of himself as a kid on a missing person website.

Before he can get answers out of his parents, however, a group of assassins burst into his house. Soon, both he and Karen are on the run for their lives, pursued by both a group of federal operatives headed up by Burton (Alfred Molina), and a shadowy Russian thug, Kozlow (Michael Nyqvist), who’s trying to recover a valuable list of bribed U.S. politicians, and may also have a connection to Nathan’s biological father.

There isn’t really a hostage plot, or even a kidnapping in Abduction directed by John Singleton ("2 Fast 2 Furious"). Any sense of intrigue or mystery is quickly aborted as the film is basically just a tired mixture of cat-and-mouse shenanigans. Its plot holes and motivations are numerable, and when it’s not awkwardly doling out exposition, the script’s dialogue is frequently cringe-inducing. More than anything, though, Abduction is just boring. 

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