Reviews Are In For Taylor Lautner’s Post-‘Twilight’ Film ‘Abduction’

By: Laura Franco / September 23, 2011

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Farewell, Jacob Black. Hello, Nathan Harper! Taylor Lautner’s post-Twilight film debut, Abduction hits theaters nationwide today, and previews have been coming in all week. What have film critics thought of the action thriller so far?

Unfortunately for the cast and crew, the film has received some negative reviews,with the The Associated Press pointed out the flaws, writing: 

“Screenplay writer Shawn Christensen tries to fashion a Bourne Identity-like thriller (there are some parallels, too, to the recent and significantly better Hanna), but the plot is increasingly absurd and the dialogue often comically poor.

Movieline.com also compiled a list “The 9 Most Scathing Critical Responses to Abduction.” Here’s one tidbit:

“Actual abduction may be preferable to the movie of the same name, but only if your kidnappers don’t torture you by forcing you to watch it,” said Kyle Smith from the NY Post.

The film has a six percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com from top critics and readers. “I think a 0% rating for this movie is WAY too high,” said Christopher L., an audience commentator.

But some critics agree that it’s the film’s flawed storyline that prevents the cast’s acting abilities to shine:

“Taylor Lautner tries to hold his own in an action thriller too silly to give him much of a chance,” Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter lamented.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times said that Taylor’s character isn’t a far cry from his Twilight werewolf alter-ego:

“Lautner’s sensitive young stud in Abduction isn’t far removed from the pining werewolf he plays in the Twilight movies. They both have anger issues, yes, but they also can be achingly sweet and vulnerable and protective—and shirtless, when appropriate.”

Ouch. Do you agree with the harsh reviews of Abduction? Will this affect your decision to see the movie? Sound off in the comments!