'Abduction' Examiner.com DVD Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
The most effective, thought-provoking and memorable action thrillers don’t solely include high adrenaline stunts, they also include an intriguing story filled with surprising twists and well developed characters. Unfortunately, famed action director John Singleton failed to recapture his former glory with ‘Abduction,’ which is now available to rent on DVD at select Long Island RedBox locations. The movie chooses to instead capitalize on clichéd stunts, predictable plot points and one-dimensional characters to appeal to its intended audience.
‘Abduction’ follows teenager Nathan Price (played by Taylor Lautner), who’s dealing with feelings of rage and anger, and thoughts that he’s living someone else’s life. While working on a school project with neighbor Karen Lowell (portrayed by Lily Collins), the two discover a missing children website with a picture of Nathan when he was three years old. He discovers that his parents, Kevin and Mara Harper (played by Jason Isaacs and Mario Bello, respectively), aren’t his birth parents, and they’re hiding a mysterious and dangerous secret.
While trying to figure out his true identity, CIA agents and assassins begin targeting Nathan, and he is forced to go on the run. He brings Karen with him, as her parents are away on vacation, and he begins to feel that he can best protect her. Nathan and Karen race to elude the agents and assassins, while aiming to solve the mystery behind his elusive biological parents.
Lautner’s fans will surely enjoy the bonus features featured on the DVD, as the actor hosts a production journal, ‘Abduction Chronicle.’ There are also two behind-the-scenes featurettes and a gag reel.
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