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ABDUCTION, 2011
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Director: John Singleton

Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver

Review by Matthew Toffolo

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SYNOPSIS:

When Nathan (Launter), who has always felt distanced from his parents, discovers that he was kidnapped as a child, he begins to uncover a vast conspiracy and must go on the run in order to survive.

REVIEW:

There was a big debate taking place after our festival screening last week with about 8 people in various levels and positions in the film industry. They were talking about this one film that played at the festival that was almost very good but it kind of fell flat. The film has everything you wanted in a good story but for some reason it just wasn’t executed at a high level. The debate was about who or what was to blame, because that’s the society we currently live in. There always needs to be a scapegoat.

So one person said that the script wasn’t right. Another person talked about the acting and how certain performers let the film down. Then someone chimed in about the direction. Another person said it was the editing. Blah blah blah! The thing about the movies and in anything else that there are various reasons to why things don’t succeed. And you really need to be in the actual production to truly understand - which at times isn’t even true because people tend to see things from the point of view of what their position is.

ABDUCTION doesn’t work and there will be various conclusions from various critics as to why it’s not a great film. It seems like this film had everything you needed to make it a success. But from the first to last scene you kind of don’t really care what’s taking place. It could be a tale of been there, seen that, but it’s probably a little more complicated than that.

In any film, no matter if it’s Shawshank or City Lights, there will be flawed moments. Nothing is perfect and there are weaknesses and errors in anything created in life. But when the rest is very strong, you tend not to notice a false moment or a loose plot point. Only when the film isn’t really working is when you can point out the many flaws in the ABDUCTION script. But if the movie is working on all cylinders, then you don’t notice the bizarre way the main character finds out he isn’t who he thought he was.

The main person who will be blamed the most is the lead Taylor Lautner. This was his chance film where Hollywood wanted to know if he could be a leading man and not typecasted as a guy who always has his shirt off in those teen Vampire movies. Lautner is in every scene in ABDUCTION and it’s his job to carry the film from beginning to end. And he kind of fails at doing that so the blame will go to him.

Looking at the movie poster before walking into the film I noticed that there were 12 credited producers. That’s a lot of producers! That told me two things - #1) This film needed a lot of people to make this script happen into an actual movie. And a lot of people stuck their necks out to help make that occur. And #2) 12 people usually have 12 different ideas and when you’re the producer you tend to think you’re the one in charge. So out of the 12, who was the actual leader, or boss? Who was the one that had the final say? Was there anyone?

From first hand experience working on a Hollywood movie set, when there are more than 1 people in charge, trouble happens because egos occur. They always want to throw in their two cents. There isn’t a proper chain of command. I know movie making isn’t the army, but we as humans aren’t evolved yet to have a committee of leaders. That’s just the bottomline. There’s isn’t an Foreign Policy President, a Congress Law President, and an Economy President - the President is the President has he or she must deal with it all at once. In an ideal world there should be a committee of leaders, but that’s not the case. And this is especially true when making a movie.

So maybe the problem was that many people were trying to make many different films while just making the one film. That could be it, but who knows.

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