“Tonight’s dinner plans got cancelled at the semi-last minute, thus leaving me an evening free for movie watching. Given some of the other stuff I got going on this weekend, today was the best day to trek down to the Fenway so I could leave the closer movies for tomorrow and Sun. On the upside, I’m now the mayor of the Regal Fenway on Foursquare! Dont know how long that’ll last since I wont be going there often enough to properly defend it.
Anyways, the key with Abduction is expectations. Or, more specifically, managing those expectations such that you understand the intended audience and know exactly what you’re in for. While it may be classified as an action movie, (and by some stretches of that definition, sure) it’s aimed at the teeny boppers that will follow Taylor Lautner to the ends of the earth, or at least to their nearest cinema. And my God were there teenyboppers there. I realized (a little too late) that I should have repeated my HSM3 experience and gone to a later showing that would be filled with heckling frat boys who either lost a bet or were trying to get into a girl’s pants. Actually, as it was there was a lil bit of heckling going on. Some of the cheesier lines and scenes got overly audible groans or comments.
Right, so the point that I’m trying to make is, if you’re trying to hold this up as an action movie compared to the likes of Die Hard or liken Taylor Lautner to Jason Statham, no. Just no. But if you look at this as something aimed at the tweens whose daddy’s money you wanna take in the off period between Twilight films, it’s not bad. Its actually almost better than it deserves to be. Almost.
The bottom line is that it was entertaining, and hey, that’s what you’re looking for in a movie, yeah? Sure it was flawed. Way. As pretty as he is, Taylor Lautner isn’t gonna be EGOT-ing any time soon. There were some glaring plot holes. While I might believe that he’d been trained to fight, the parkour is less believable. But the story was intriguing. As a Lost-y, you know that Im a sucker for those mysterious storylines that tease and tease and give you just enough of the puzzle to drive you crazy. That’s what happened here. And the action scenes? Not too shabby. It looked like Lautner did a lot of his own stunts, which is rather impressive. Considering how adrenaline deprived most of the past summer was, the fight scenes here were very much welcome. It certainly filled just enough of that void I’ve been feeling.
Abduction – \m/ \m/ \m/