Abduction may be an action film, but it's an action film aimed at Lautner's teenage girl fan base. It's certainly not for anyone who likes action movies or has any logical thoughts in their head. In the corny, cliché-laced Abduction, Lautner plays high school-aged beefcake Nathan who the filmmakers would like you believe is a thrill seeker, as evidenced by the opening scene of him riding on the hood of a speeding pickup. For a sociology class assignment, Nathan is paired up with his crush, Karen, played by Lily Collins, whose eyebrows look terrible. (Girl, call me. I know a good waxer!). The two discover Nathan's childhood picture on a missing persons website and he learns the people who raised him aren't his real parents.
Abduction brings together everything people loved about Lautner in the Twilight movies. To wit, pointlessly taking off his shirt to expose a body that women of all ages will drool over and riding a motorcycle. Once again he isn't asked to act. Rather, he just stands there on the screen, looking both intense and smoldering. There are also some roundhouse kicks and fighting. But Lautner's delivery in Abduction is choppy, like he's reading them from cue cards written by a five year old. That goes for Sigourney Weaver, too, who plays his therapist and a former CIA operative. (Say it ain't so, Ripley!)
There's speculation about what Lautner and his two partners in Twilight fame will do once the teenage vampire romance series ends next year. Robert Pattinson has obviously taken the more dramatic route with films like Water For Elephants. Kristen Stewart has Kerouac's On the Road coming up. Lautner, on the other hand, seems to be shooting for a career in action movies. But after watching Abduction, it's clear he's not ready to carry an action movie on his own. Maybe if he were to take some acting classes instead of kickboxing classes, he'd be ready to work and his career wouldn't fizzle out before he's 21.
Directed by John Singleton. Starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver. Rated PG-13