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Abduction (2012) (DVD)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Abduction (2012) (DVD)
Advantages: Plot, cast
Disadvantages: Could have been so much better
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
Summary: Good film