Sadly me and my partner rarely actually spend any time together. He works a lot and as a result of this we only tend to both be in the house and awake for an hour some days. Last night I thought it would be nice to watch a film as I was very tired and wanted to chill out and also we hadn't used our netflix account for ages! I spent 5 or 10 minutes browsing the films and trying to find something that we would both enjoy which is a bit of a mission in itself! I knew that if I could find something similar to Taken we would both be interested so after finding Abduction and reading the plot I was pretty sure I was onto a winner. As we watched this on netflix it is a film only review.
Nathan Taylor is a high school student. He has a keen interest in sport and is happy at home with his mum and dad where he is the only child. He has a crush on fellow student Karen who has been a family friend since they were both younger and despite his best friend constantly telling him that its obvious she feels the same way he can't see it himself.
After beginning a new class in Sociology the teacher pairs up the class to work on a project. Nathan is paired with Karen and they are to do a project on missing persons in America. Karen agrees to go round to Nathans later to make a start.
The pair are googling missing persons and Karen finds a site that has computer images of what people may look like today. They are joking round likening the pictures to celebs but then Karen goes quiet...one of the e-fits looks just like Nathan. She shrugs it off but Nathan is concerned and goes about collecting evidence to see if he really was abducted and if so, who are the two people downstairs that he calls Mom and Dad?
Both me and my partner had high expectations of this film and I especially thought it would be interesting to go with Nathan on his journey to find out who he was and how he had ended up where he had.
I found the beginning of the film gripping and intense. However, I thought that Nathans quest to find out the truth would take longer than it did. Yes, Nathan was still uncovering new things at the end of the film but around half an hour in he already knew he was not with his biological parents, his mother had admitted it and he had a vague idea of who his real parents were. I thought that by reading the plot this would be the whole film and personally I would have preferred that but instead Nathan ends up mixed up in a web of cover ups and lies. Although I did enjoy this I personally preferred the start of the film and I think my partner did too.
The plot did flow well and it was action-packed, intriguing and there was always something going on to focus on. During the middle of the film I found that so much was happening I was getting a little confused and unsure who was on Nathan's side and who wasn't. Therefore I would have preferred this 20 minutes or so to have been stretched to 30 to allow it to take a slightly slower pace and this would have allowed me to be able to follow the plot better.
I found the acting in the film was very strong. Taylor Lautner was brilliant as the teen who had to grow up fast and I immediately loved Lily Collins who played Karen as she played a lovely character and was keen to help and support Nathan despite being terrified herself.
The film was bursting with special effects which I believed were all very well done.
The ending was ok and everything was wrapped up but my partner did comment it was a bit flat and I agree and it almost seems as though this was written hurridly at the end.
The film was released in 2011.
It stars Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins.
It is rated a 12A.
It runs for 106 minutes.
A good action packed film
I've been aticipating the release of Abduction for quite some time now as I was curious to see how Taylor Lautner would fare without his wolf pack. I'm not a massive fan of Lily Collins and I was worried that Abduction might not live up to the preconceptions I have built up in my head, but thankfully, this film did not disappoint.
Abduction is about a teenager, Nathan Harper, who finds a picture of his younger self on a missing child website whilst researching for his school project. However, as soon as he begins to ask questions all hell breaks loose and he finds himself caught up with the CIA - the good and the bad, and is on the run with Karen, his project partner. He desperately searches for his true identity after finding out his parents were not his birth mother and father and struggles when trying to decide who he should trust and who he shouldn't.
The action in this is really realistic and I believed that every punch thrown was genuine. Taylor Lautner was able to show off his incredible fighting skills (he's a black belt) and his enormous strength. They weren't even your average stunts, they were really impressive bordering on Jackie Chan style moves. The bad guys seemed genuinely evil and all the secret agents played their CIA roles perfectly, there was nothing James Bond about them. There was also a raunchy (almost) sex scene and this coupled with the frequent scenes of violence means that I probably wouldn't recommend this for children, but for teenagers and adults it's fine.
It was quite interesting seeing Taylor Lautner playing the role of an arrogant and popular dare devil and he had completely let loose and played the role very convincingly. Thankfully this bad boy attitude did not last for long as once the real action kicks off he transforms from an arrogant prick to a genuine and strong minded teenager. I'm happy to report that Taylor Lautner seems to have avoided being stereotyped as Jacob the werewolf and completely transformed himself into Nathan Harper and I hope he continues to branch out into other movies after the Twilight franchise as Abduction has shown that he's genuinely got talent (in case you didn't already know). Abduction has completely changed my opinion on Lily Collins. I used to hate her and her overly-defined eyebrows, but now I think she's actually quite a good actress and her and Taylor Lautner make a cute couple. Her character, Karen Murphy, can be a little whiny and annoying at times, but on the whole she's also a head strong teenager and a good match for Nathan Harper.
All the other characters in Abduction are also well known and incredibly talented and that combined with a great plot line is what has made Abduction such a great film. I was surprised to see Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter) playing the role of Nathan's father in this. At the beginning of the film, Kevin Harper is extremely harsh on his son and he played the role of the overbearing dad really well and there was nothing about his character that even vaguely reminded me of Lucious Malfoy. Kevin Harper is a completely different sort of overbearing dad, he's neither smarmy nor sleek, but a hardcore American dad and if I had to compare him to someone it would probably be Dan Scott from One Tree Hill. Isaacs' American accent is absolutely spot on. It is so easy to overplay an American accent (even if you're actually American) so I was impressed that he sounded like a true native speaker. Nathan and Kevin have a really intense relationship and both Lautner and Isaacs played it superbly at the beginning of the film. After Isaacs debut scene in Abduction he becomes a much more caring dad, a normal dad, and it was great to see that he could play this role just as well. Other actors include: Alfred Molina - great at playing his usual cowardly bad guy role, Sigourney Weaver - a brilliant actress who's been branded as 'The Sci-Fi Queen' and Michael Nyqvist - one of Sweden's most beloved actors.
Taylor Lautner looks incredible hot in this movie what with the fight scenes, his cool attire and his motorbike. There are also some humorous moments in this, but they are infrequent as this is predominantly a teen action/thriller. There is an interesting and unique plot line that keeps you hooked the whole way through; however, it does slightly remind me of Stormbreaker as Alex Rider was similarly thrust into a world of spies, but there are very different endings for the characters. It was very cool how all the characters fitted in at the end when it is revealed who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, something that you're continuously wondering throughout the film. I definitely recommend this film if you're in the mood to be entertained!!
About the film
Abduction is an action/ thriller film that was released at the cinema on 28th September 2011. The film has a run time of 106 minutes and has a rating of 12A due to scenes of an extremely violent nature, some bad language and some sexual content. Abduction was directed by John Singleton who is also known for films like 2 Fast 2 Furious. The film had a budget of around $35 million and has already surpassed $50 million at the box office, making it a financial success.
Nathan Harper is just like any other teenage boy - he likes to party, have fun and meet cute girls. His whole life changes on the day that he is paired with neighbour and long time crush Karen Murphy to work on a missing childrens project at school. When Karen discovers a website that shows what missing children would look like as adults, Nathan is shocked to see a picture that looks remarkably like himself. Questioning his parents, Nathan realises that he is adopted and no longer really knows who he is.
After calling the people who run the website, Nathan finds his whole life crashing down around him. Not only is the website fake but it is also run by Russian terrorists who, after talking to Nathan, kill his adoptive parents. Now on the run, Nathan and Karen have no idea who they can trust or why he is even wanted. Will the answers he finds about his real parents be what he is looking for though?
Taylor Lautner as Nathan Harper/ Steven Price
Lily Collins as Karen Murphy
Alfred Molina as Frank Burton
Jason Isaacs as Kevin Harper
Maria Bello as Mara Harper
Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Geraldine Bennett
Elisabeth Röhm as Lorna Price
Michael Nyqvist as Viktor Kozlow
Aunjanue Ellis as Francheska
Antonique Smith as Sandra Burns
Dermot Mulroney as Martin Price
What I thought
Due to buy one get one free vouchers from StudentBeans.com, I have been going to the cinema a lot lately. For only £2.80 I get to see a film a week now unlike before where I would be lucky if I went to the cinema more than 5 times in a whole year. Something that both me and my best friend wanted to see was Abduction.
I like Taylor Lautner as much as the next girl when it comes to his looks but his acting skills are a completely different story. His character, Nathan starts off as being a very normal teenager who likes to have fun with his friends but then his home life is revealed and you can instantly tell that something is off. I really didn't feel the emotion or stress coming from Lautner considering the situation he had been put in. At times, it seemed like he didn't even really care what was going on or what was going to happen to him and in a situation like this, I would have either been panicking big time or sat in a corner crying. He doesn't even give a happy medium of the two unfortunately.
Lily Collins, a very new actress (her first appearance was in 90210 in 2009) has been named 'one to watch' but I am very unsure why! She is set to play Clary Fray in the YA book to movie adaptation of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This is a book/ series that I love completely but now, I am extremely worried. Collins plays Karen, the love interest in Abduction but I can honestly say, I hated her. Her acting skills were not up to much at all and she was as bland as Lautner for the most part. I didn't feel anything for her as a character and I couldn't understand why Nathan liked Karen at all apart from her being a bit pretty. Together, the pair do OK especially in one scene but other than that, it was all pretty average.
When it comes to pacing, I can't really fault the film. A little amount of time is spent on getting to know Nathan and his life but after that, the film jumps straight into the action and mystery. After it is revealed that Nathan was adopted, there is a lot of mystery surrounding who his real parents are, who his adoptive parents really are and what his life is all about. I really liked these aspects of the film as it kept it from just being another kid on the run with lots of fighting in the middle. As Nathan and Karen continue to move so they don't get found, little pieces of the puzzle are slowly drawn out and this really kept the suspense going at a great rate.
There are plenty of fight scenes and this is where Lautner truly excels. His passion shines through in these scenes and every part of them are heart felt and very realistic. As he has actual training in martial arts, Lautner is able to pull of these scenes extremely well and without looking faked or forced at any point. I do think some of the bigger stunts could have been done a little better but overall, they were really impressive. Even though I didn't like Lautner on the whole, he is a fantastic actor for action films and this is the area where he should probably concentrate his career on from now.
I really don't want to say that I hated this film, because I didn't, but I really didn't like it very much at all. The acting from the main (younger) cast members was not good enough for a film like this and that pretty much put me off from the start. Yes, the fights were exceptionally good and the film was exciting in parts but that definitely isn't enough to make me like a film.