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Imagine Transformers without the Transformers, and that’s Abduction, a production-line tween thriller from once promising director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood). It stars Taylor Lautner, the rippling, dead-eyed mannequin who made his mark in the Twilight films and whose inspiration seems to be the young Schwarzenegger. He’s a dirtbike-riding, pint-chugging, mixed-martial artist bad boy of suburban Pittsburgh, and then one evening, while surfing abduction websites (as you do), he spots a picture of his younger self. Next thing he knows, there are gun-toting hoods at his door threatening to kill all his Facebook friends, so it’s
a big old cross-country chase to find his real identity, with the cheerleader from across the street in tow.

While the ultra-banal dialogue draws the occasional titter, the action scenes are tame and it’s rife with plot holes that you could navigate a burning blimp through.

By David Jenkins
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 106
  • Released: Thu, 06 Oct
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: English
  • Director: John Singleton
  • Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Ken Arnold, Jake Andolina, Maria Bello

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