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What’s lamer than a cheapie made-for-TV drama gaining a full cinematic release in the UAE? How about a cheapie made-for-TV drama that’s been renamed, repackaged as a horror flick, and promoted with a shot of a scantily clad woman in a cage?

Abducted is just that – originally screened on US TV as Layover, it was later released on DVD as Abducted, with a fresh snap of cast member Tara Erica Moore which reportedly has no resemblance to the movie’s plot. Instead of being aimed at adolescent males, the film originally set out to court the paranoid female contingent, with a girl power-come-mystery plot about a pampered hotel executive who ends up wrapped up in a seedy gangland kidnapping. In one respect the rebranding has already worked – it’s almost impossible to find any trace of Abducted online, avoiding the potential stench of bad reviews left from its original release. While the original product may be stronger than the new packaging it’s been found in, there’s a distinct sense of desperation about the whole thing.

By Rob Garratt
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 91
  • Released: Thu, 30 May
  • Classification: 15+
  • Language: English
  • Director: R.D. Braunstein
  • Stars: Lauren Holly, Kaylee DeFer, Joe Lando, Christopher Wolfe, Massi Furlan, Rayne Bidder, Lauren Reeder, Lony'e Perrine

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