Abduction (2011)

Director: John Singleton

Writer: Shawn Christensen (Screenplay)

Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Jason Issacs, Michael Nyqvist

 

Plot: A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Badly Acted Action

 

Story: Abduction starts as we meet rebellious high school student Nathan (Lautner) that is under strict training from his parents Kevin (Isaacs) and Mara (Bello) as well as his therapist Dr Bennet (Weaver) helping him control his anger problems. Nathan gets assigned to work with his high school crush Karen (Collins) in the latest project, which involved looking at missing children’s websites only to discover one of the kids looks just like him.

When Nathan learns the truth, he finds himself getting targeted and Nathan is wondering just who to trust with Dr Bennett, Agent Burton (Molina) or Kozlow (Nyqvist) in what will turn into a race against time to find safety.

 

Thoughts on Abduction

 

Characters/PerformanceNathan is a rebellious high school student, struggling with girls, studying and generally fitting in. he learns that he is in fact adopted but this opens the doors for people coming to capture him leaving him one option, running. Karen is the crush of Nathan and ends up in the middle of the chase also running for her life. Burton is the CIA operative trying to bring Nathan in before Kozlow can get his hands on him. Kozlow is a European enemy that came to America in search for Nathan for bargaining, nothing overly fancy about this character. Dr Bennett, Mara and Kevin all have a secret about what is going on with Nathan.

Performance wise, we all know Taylor Lautner isn’t known for his acting and it does clearly show here. Lily Collins is similar, while she has come a long way now back here she struggles. When we look at the older respected actors we get good supporting performances without shinning on any levels.

StoryThe story follows the idea of a teenager learning his parents are not his parents leaving him on the run from enemies he doesn’t know who to trust. Having two teenagers outsmart CIA, international enemies and normal cops does come off rather farfetched which in places does nothing but disappoint in this film. as for entertainment value, this is simple enough for the fans of the genre.

Action/MysteryThe action is everything you expect with no extra special moments but the mystery about Nathan’s true identity is what is the only interesting part of the film.

SettingsBeing on the run leaves us going through a string of generic settings for this type of film.

Special EffectsAll the effects are fine without being anything special.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that has its flaws sure, but once it gets going it can become an edge of your seat thriller.

 

Overall: Simple, average and forgettable action film.

Rating

 

 

Advertisements

Defective (2018)

Director: Reese Eveneshen

Writer: Reese Eveneshen (Screenplay)

Starring: Colin Paradine, Raven Cousens, Ashley Armstrong, Dennis Andres, Jamie Tarantini, Nick Smyth

 

Plot: Set in the near future where Rhett Murphy and his estranged sister Jean are forced to flee from a militant police state after witnessing the dark secrets of a nefarious corporation.


Tagline – In a perfect society, there’s no room for the imperfect.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Clever Sci-Fi Film

 

Story: Defective starts as we enter a world with militant police roaming the streets to prevent crimes and keep the people in order, Rhett Murphy (Paradine) witnesses a murder by these police, meaning he is now past him limits, giving him time to put his things in order, but when his sister Jean Harlan (Cousens) gets involved the two must go on the run from the militant police.

Ora Green (Armstrong) is controlling the operation to keep the corporation happy and trusted before they can reveal the truth about what the police are doing and bring down the system.

 

Thoughts on Defective

 

Characters – Rhett Murphy has been marked down for elimination after breaching too many offences, now on the run to with his sister, he finds himself in the middle of resistance group trying to stop the control of the state by the militant forces. Jean is the sister of Rhett, working an office job until she becomes the centre of attention from a new member of staff. Ora Green is one of the corporation highest ranked members

PerformancesThe cast give good performances throughout, none of them feel out of place and Colin Paradine in the leading role is good as the alternate action leading man, Raven Cousens must go through the biggest changes through the film and handles them all well. The shout out to Dennis Anders who gives us a very Chris Pratt like performance.

StoryThe story takes us into a world where militant police have taken over, in the keeping of the peace, but as they start to become too controlling we follow two estranged siblings as they start to fight back in a battle to bring the system down. There are a lot of positives in this story, first the idea of the militant police controlling too much freedom, is always a fear that could happen one day, the wrongfully accused will be ones punished through this too. The journey we follow the siblings go through with plenty of twists along the way.

Action/Sci-FiThe action does have plenty of routine shoot em ups which as always, the heroic characters are better shots than the villainous ones. The sci-fi side of the film brings us to a future where militant police controlling a state.

SettingsThe film implies we are in a big city, but I felt we never learnt which one it ones, not a bad thing because it shows it could be anywhere.

Special EffectsThis is a movie you think would be heavy on effects, but everything is used well without needing too many effects.


Scene of the Movie –
Final rundown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me While I could have seen it being any city, it could have gained more form being in known city.

Final ThoughtsThis is a smart sci-fi movie that plays into the growing fear of a police militant that could one day take over with a bigger conspiracy going on.

 

Overall: Ambitious sci-fi movie.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – What I Enjoyed in 2017 – W

ABC Film Challenge

What I Enjoyed in 2017

W

This month I won’t be doing reviews at all, just a small discussion to what I enjoyed last year, you will be able to find my reviews by following the link HERE

Movie

War for the Planet of the Apes

Why I’ve Picked this choiceFor me this is my pick for the best movie of the year in a full cinema release that is a Blockbuster. It may well be the third instalment of the franchise, it could easily be the best trilogy of the century where each film just seems to get better and better, the motion capture technology is unbelievable throughout the film and with the numbers we hitting on screen at once the team should be getting an Oscar this year. Even on a second viewing this is just as stunning as the first viewing and I hope this is the film people remember the most from this year. I can’t say enough brilliant, passionate words about this movie and what an achievement in film making it is.

2017 Award Worst Sequel or Remake

2017 Award

Worst Sequel or Remake

January is here and that means award season and for the whole of January I will be looking at a range of best and worst subjects, before going into what I think are the true best nominations.

NOMINATIONS

Underworld: Blood Wars

Rings

Flatliners

Jigsaw

Winner

Flatliners

Reason – This is a remake that should work, it has improved technology to study the potential afterlife, which is the only thing I liked because this turned into an utter mess of jump scares that don’t work, poor acting and a connection to the original that random and not used.