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Abduction (2011) Even playing the hunted, jacked-up, dude-on-the-run hero of a "realistic" action film, Taylor Lautner still looks like the world's sexiest werewolf in Abduction . There's… 2011-09-23 PG-13 Action/Adventure Drama Taylor Lautner Alfred Molina Lionsgate
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Abduction (2011)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Abduction | SPIN CYCLE Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins in Abduction
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SPIN CYCLE Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins in Abduction
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2011; Rated: PG-13; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama; With: Taylor Lautner; Distributor: Lionsgate

Even playing the hunted, jacked-up, dude-on-the-run hero of a ''realistic'' action film, Taylor Lautner still looks like the world's sexiest werewolf in Abduction. There's a stylized quality to his features — not just the lupine snub nose, but the daggerish Son of Spock eyebrows that lend him a squint of intensity even when not very much is going on. That face gives Lautner one advantage as an actor: He's a great camera subject, like the young Matt Damon crossed with Tom Cruise. It also gives him a disadvantage: When the blankest look you've got is already ''intense,'' how do you show greater intensity? You squint a little more.

Packed with stoic tattooed Serbian hitmen and hairbreadth escapes (are you yawning yet?), Abduction is a ''high-powered'' potboiler that merges the Bourne genre with the junior-assassin thriller Hanna. Lautner plays the secret teenage son of a CIA superagent; when his cover is blown, he and his eye-candy schoolmate (Lily Collins) are pursued by foes and tracked by a CIA overseer (Alfred Molina). Director John Singleton offers bits of suspense, but Abduction is less a movie than a piece of engineering, a glumly ludicrous cat-and-mouse blowout designed to win Lautner male fans along with his girl demo. He's not a terrible actor, but if he wants a career after the Twilight fades, he'll pick better films. C

Originally posted Sep 23, 2011 Published in issue #1175 Oct 07, 2011 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Apr 13 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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1. $41.4 2 $159.0 B+
2.
Rio 2
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$39.0 1 $39.0 NA
3.
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$12.0 1 $12.0 NA
4.
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$9.7 1 $9.7 B
5.
Divergent
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$7.5 4 $124.9 B+
6.
Noah
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$7.4 3 $84.9 C+
7.
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$5.5 4 $40.7 NA
8.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
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$4.0 6 $39.5 A-
9.
Muppets Most Wanted
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$2.2 4 $45.7 B
10. $1.8 6 $105.2 B
* in millions