Taylor Lautner Feels a Little Bourne-y in First Trailer for Abduction

Who can blame Taylor Lautner for capitalizing on his hard-earned Twilight fandom (those abs don't crunch themselves) by launching a teen-friendly action hero career? Marvel as the erstwhile Jacob Black enters Bourne territory, complete with romance, parkour, and existential identity confusion, in the first trailer for Lionsgate's teen action pic Abduction, directed by John Singleton.

It all begins with a voice-over. "Sometimes I feel different," reveals a serious-faced Lautner as scenes from his seemingly normal high school existence flash across the screen. "I walk around like everyone else, but inside I just feel like I'm a stranger in my own life." Singleton boils it all down to its essence from the start of the trailer -- a hero shot that swirls around Lautner, instantly establishing him as the center of the known universe. Tres Michael Bay!

Behold: Lautner on a motorcycle. Lautner in a wrestling match. Lautner furrowing his brows as he stares at a family photo. Something isn't right - his parents aren't really his parents! We learn as much from a winsome classmate (future Snow White Lily Collins), who has fortuitously (and creepily, I might add) stumbled across Lautner's picture on a website that age-accelerates photos of missing children.

And then, action! Mama Maria Bello answers the doorbell, and karate ensues! Then, it seems, mom and dad-killing ensues. (Spoiler alert?) Fast forward to more action, shooting, plot details (the government's after Tay-Tay because he's a "high-valued asset" -- somewhere, a Summit exec nods in agreement), awesomely cheesy lines ("What's my real name!?" "Who ARE these people!?"), kissing (which makes up for the lack of abs on display), Sigourney Weaver hiding hilariously behind a bunch of balloons, and some impressive-looking parkour in the Pittsburgh Pirates' PNC Park. And to wrap it all up, we've got people running from giant explosions. How did this all fit into two and a half minutes?

Verdict: It's The Bourne Identity meets I Know My First Name is Steven. I'm so there.


  • Natalie says:

    Haha, awesome review. This movie looks kinda silly, but in the most awesome way. It could be pretty fun.

  • Christopher Rosen says:

    This looks like The Long Kiss Goodnight, but more ridiculous. Buying my tickets... now.

  • The Winchester says:

    From the director of Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious...
    Actually, it looks kinda kick ass. It's got Mikal Bloomquist, Sigourney Weaver, AND parkour, which are 3 awesome things most movies don't put together. (I'm looking at you, Dark of the Moon)
    And here I was gonna leave a snarky reference to If Looks Could Kill.

  • marcus says:

    lmao, this looks like such crap. I have no idea what you guys are seeing. This looks awful.

  • Chelle says:

    Just so long as he takes his clothes off.

  • Jen Yamato says:

    Don't forget the balloons. That was one of my favorite parts.

  • C-M says:

    Have to admit it looks good, especially for a first starring role from an 18 year old. He could've done at lot worse.

  • NoWay says:

    What straight guy would watch this in theaters? Or feel comfortable watching this with his woman? Hmm. So, that should leave females and those other male types that love TL. Unimpressive to say the least considering the Bourne similarities. I wouldn't be surprised if Abduction goes the way of Buried. IF tweens and teens save TL's first pic in a leading role, hats off to LGF and lingering mojo from Twilight. There are better performing actors deserving of a lead role in this storyline-- not that this story is really special and inventive though.

  • Alex says:

    I may watch this, but I'll be rooting for Alfred Molina and Mikael Nyqvist.

  • Jen Yamato says:

    Teenagers who can't get into R-rated movies.

  • darci says:

    Wow, the trailer looks really amazing….also what a great cast, Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver?!?! This should be really good, can’t wait.
    I hope the actual moving has as good of pacing as the trailer, it looks like a full throttle thriller. Also way awesome that they used “Kids” by Sleigh Bells at the end of the trailer…really gets me pumped for the movie!