ABDUCTION (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexual content): is a failure on all counts, except for those teens who fell in love with Taylor Lautner's bod in the "Twilight" flicks. He uses both his expressions - puzzlement & angst - frequently, as does his distaff partner Lily Collins, who is no better an actress than he is an actor, so they're perfectly matched. Both the plot & title make little sense. In fact, it's all so unintentionally funny that anything intended to make it romantic or swoonable vanishes right from the beginning, and plunges downhill for the entire 103-minutes.
Taylor plays a fellow who discovers that he's not who he thought he was; his life is a lie, and he's hunted down by a team of trained killers, forcing him to run with the one person he can trust. Yup, Collins. The assassins multiply; the couple realize the only way to win out is to stop running & face their adversaries. Ah, me!
Director John Singleton, who began directing with a promising film, "Boyz in the Hood," must have taken this job simply for the money. Same for the addition of big stars like Sigourney Weaver & Alfred Molina, who appear very shortly (to get their names on the cast list), then leave as quickly as possible. Shawn Christensen & Jeffrey Nachmanoff are to be blamed for the script.
Critics called the movie "asinine," "a stagnant, lame thriller," "a brainless misfire," and "the worst movie of the year." They were being kind. (Grade: F)