Steen: Not much depth in Lautner film, Abduction

Am just back from Italy and will never again complain about Canadian drivers.


Am just back from Italy and will never again complain about Canadian drivers.

I will also be forever grateful that I live in a country in which we can drink real coffee and we don’t have to pay the equivalent of $6 for a glass of water—but I’m not the travel writer, so let’s move on to the movie review.

This week’s new film, Abduction, sees Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame starring as Nathan Harper in this film produced by Lautner’s own production company.

Lautner is only 19 years old and was ranked fourth on the 50 most amazing bodies list by People magazine. (No, that’s not why I went, really!)

Abduction is an action-thriller, but the two main characters—Nathan and his love interest, Karen, played by British born Lily Collins who was last seen in The Blind Side—are, in my opinion too young for the maturity needed to deal with the multi-dimensional stresses that they have to face.

Nathan (Taylor Lautner) faces the reality that the life he thinks he lives is not real and even his psychiatrist, Dr. Bennett (Sigourney Weaver, born Susan Alexander Weaver), is not what she seems to be either.

Karen has to face the fact that her neighbour’s house has blown up, the neighbours have been killed and her parents have left this high school kid home alone while they vacationed in Italy (is everyone going to Italy this year?)

As the show progresses, we see that there are few people in Nathan’s life that he can trust and while the plot is shallow and the characters are not too deep either, it is watchable.

I am always amazed that throughout these movies—through the fight scenes, the car chases, the bullets flying, the falls into water and other mayhem—makeup never smudges, bruises never show up, and not a fingernail gets broken. I can break a fingernail opening my car door.

And why, when being hunted down, do folks continue to want to sit and talk in a restaurant at a table right in front of a glass window and then act so surprised when they get shot at?

This was an OK Saturday night flick to pass a couple of hours. No one will win any awards and there are really no big revelations that we hadn’t already figured out. It truly would have been more fun if the characters were less transparent and more mysterious, but it wasn’t bad…a bit young and goofy, but OK.

Best quote of the movie: In the scene filmed at PNC Park in Pittsburgh (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates): “I don’t like this game at all, but I do like the popcor.”

Two and a half reels for this one, unless you’re into hunky bodies and then it’s a solid three.

PS: A big thanks to Jane H. for pointing out my error in my last column.  Helen Mirren actually starred in Prime Suspect and NOT Silent Witness as I stated.  Thanks for the e-mail!

Susan Steen is a local non-profit executive and movie buff.



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