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POSTED: September 30, 2011 9:46 a.m.
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"Abduction" seems to be little more than a spotlight for “Twilight” heartthrob Taylor Lautner.

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“Abduction” is in theaters now, and the action thriller stars “Twilight” heartthrob Taylor Lautner. Did the film run away with my heart? Hmm. Not so much.
Lautner plays Jacob Black in the “Twilight” series. He’s a werewolf and competes for the affection of a normal gal who happens to be in love with a vampire.
In the “Twilight” books, the character of Jacob blossoms nearly overnight, sprouting manly muscles. Because of that, the young actor almost was replaced in the role of Jacob, but instead he put on the muscle for which he is now well known.
Lautner has said he wants the career of Matt Damon, and in his new film, “Abduction,” his costar Lily Collins even has a line that suggests Damon and Lautner look alike. That’s a bit of a stretch, and so was the film! The puzzler begins when Lautner’s character finds a photo of himself on a missing-children website.
One silly, predictable thing after another — that’s the plot of “Abduction.” The movie, which could have been closer to “The Bourne Identity,” instead plays like one long commercial for Lautner. See Lautner run. See Lautner jump. See Lautner without his shirt on. See Lautner ride a motorcycle.
I agree that Lautner has loads of potential, but this was not the way to showcase it.
In fact, “Abduction” is the worst movie I’ve seen all year. I kind of wanted to walk out.
I am not a fan!
OK, so Lautner’s stunts were nice. Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina try to ground the film in reality. But it just doesn’t work.

 

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