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Abduction (review)

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Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins in Abduction

Taylor Lautner Is Better Than You, So There

I’m so excited cuz it’s like Taylor Lautner made a movie just for Team Jacob! Except he’s not a werewolf or anything silly or fantasy like that — he’s a real teenager with real problems just like any of us have! Like with getting in trouble for drinking too much at a party and being shy around the girl he likes and being the secret child of top international spies. That’s deep because when he says he feels like a freak just the same way most kids do, it’s actually true! Cuz he has like super kung fu skills and stuff, which are genetic and also because his stepdad totally beats him up on a regular basis for his own good. Like it’s training that he could never know about because of all the secret CIA stuff and maybe he might tell other kids or something. And then he has to escape from bad guys.
But there’s not too much escaping and shooting and car chases and junk either in Abduction. I told you TayLau knew he was making an action movie for girls who like him in Twilight! Because there’s hardly any action at all, and also he takes his shirt off a lot. That’s not just gratefultooitous or whatever because there’s always a good reason, like he’s passed out drunk after that party, and people always end up naked at those sexy high school parties (well, maybe that part is fantasy!). Or he has to change his shirt so he’s not to stinky for Karen, the girl he likes. It’s nice that he’s thoughtful that way. And what’s really cool is that Lily Collins who plays Karen isn’t too exciting or interesting or anything, so it makes you think that maybe even though Taylor is a megahot movie star he might like ordinary boring girls too!

And it’s true that Taylor made this movie not just as an actor. He’s a producer or something too, so even though there’s a guy who wrote the script — “Shawn Christensen” sounds totally like that head cheerleader who’s a stuck-up bitch but he’s a guy — and a guy who directed it — John Singleton who also made 2 Fast 2 Furious which had too much action but also Paul Walker yum! — it’s really all Taylor’s doing. Like this is exactly what he wanted his first really big movie without Robert Pattinson getting in his way to be!

Life is actually pretty awesome when you’re the secret kid of spies, it turns out. First you get assigned to partner up for a school paper with the girl of your dreams you’re afraid to talk to. Then you get to rescue her when freelance Serbian intelligence operatives attack your house because they finally found out who you are or something. Then you get to hit the road with the girl and have adventures and get to kiss too. Sure, you have to watch your parents get killed in front of you, but it’s an amazing first date! LOL!

I really thought that Karen would turn out to be a secret enemy agent or something, or at least her mysterious uncle who she keeps talking about but we never see — until the end, right? But nope! Karen really is as regular and ordinary as she seems, and there’s not too much exciting or intense in anything… except when they kiss! OMG! The Serbian bad guys are a little bit scary, mostly cuz they can just bring all sorts of creepy spy stuff on planes into America so they can spy on anyone anywhere. Good thing this is just a movie, and in real life we have the TSA keeping us safe from enemies who hate our freedoms!

Mostly it’s a lot of Taylor standing around not moving his face or anything so that we can just look at him. I like that. And also real teen worrying about how weird life is. Like when Karen says, “A few days ago we were just a couple of highschool kids,” before Taylor’s house blew up and his parents were murdered and the Serbians got all in their faces. Also a car explodes later, but it’s way in the distance and not too exciting. But still in the middle of all this Karen wonders why Taylor never asked her out before. This is important because that’s what I’d be thinking about if I got the chance to hang out with Taylor Lautner! Later, they go to a baseball game, so it really is just like a big first date. And it’s like healing for Taylor too, cuz even though his adopted parents are dead he still really loved them, but his shrink Sigourney Weaver told him wisely “There’ll be time to deal with this eventually, but for now you need to get your shit together,” and he does! It must be his love for Karen that healed him, because by the end of the movie which is like the next day after his house blew up, everything’s okay again and life looks good.

That’s just the way it is when you’re as awesome as Taylor Lautner, so you can be jealous if you want. But you’ll never be as awesome as him.

US/Canada release date: Sep 23 2011 | UK release date: Sep 28 2011

Flick Filosopher Real Rating: rated TTT: totally Team Taylor!
MPAA: rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying
BBFC: rated 12A (contains frequent moderate violence & threat, & one use of strong language)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

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