I just saw Abduction starring Taylor Lautner and it was a lot better than I thought it would be. It’s a nice little twist on the spy thriller. I don’t want to give away the plot for those who might want to check it out so I’ll just say that the action was pretty good. Unbelievable to be sure, but not terribly overdone. The acting was about what you’d expect (meaning it wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible either). I liked the overall concept more than anything, which was that a kid finds out that his parents aren’t really his parents but when he learns the truth it’s nothing like the viewer would expect it to be.

And speaking of Lautner, I’ve recently learned that he’s from the Christian book publishing capital of the world—Grand Rapids, Michigan (home to Zondervan, Eerdmans, Baker, and Kregel). I wonder if he grew up Dutch Reformed?


13 thoughts on “Abduction

  1. I’ve started Zombie’s remake of Halloween and I must say that it’s quite good so far. I do like some of the holes filled in from the original, but I’ll have to see how far it goes as the movie goes on. I really like that it has a modern horror feel but so far maintains the eerie ambiance of the original, which of course is highlighted by reproducing the original score. Other than the theme for The Exorcist, there is no other music more synonymous with horror cinema than the theme from Halloween.

  2. Nick: I’ve got The Exorcist cued up on my laptop for sporadic viewing over the next couple of days. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it. I’m also going to watch some more of Zombie’s Halloween tonight.

  3. Nick: I finished Zombie’s remake yesterday and I will say that overall it is a good remake in that it didn’t deviate from the original story (except for a little back story). There was much more nudity in it than Carpenter’s, but that’s Zombie for ya! The one thing I didn’t like is that Myers killed Dr. Loomis–wasn’t too keen on that idea. I also felt that the girl playing Laurie was a bit too giddy and bubbly compared to Jamie Lee Curtis’ portrayal. But these minor things don’t terribly detract from the movie, though without Loomis I can’t imagine where H2 goes.

  4. Nick: From what I’ve read by way of reviews (and your comments), I doubt I’ll waste my time on it. Why great movies always have to have sequels I don’t know. I guess studios believe they can live up to great originals with sequels, but they almost always fail.

  5. Jason: It’s almost always the case that sequels are worse than the first movie in a series, unless—as Randy Meeks from Scream reminds us in the second film in the series—it’s part of a planned trilogy.

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