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Abduction is an American action thriller film, directed by John Singleton, starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist and Alfred Molina. The film is about a teenager who finds out that his parents are not really his when he sees his baby picture on a missing persons website.[2] The film was released by Lionsgate on September 23, 2011

For as long as he can remember, Nathan Price (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he is living someone else's life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined.[4]

Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by a team of trained agents, forcing him on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins).[4] Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of bad guys and Agents. But as they close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he will survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological mother and father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.


Lionsgate bought screenwriter Shawn Christensen's spec script for Abduction in February 2010, with actor Taylor Lautner attached to the film.[5] The studio won a bidding war for the screenplay, acquiring it for $1 million.[6] Gotham Group and Vertigo Entertainment had developed the script, based on a story idea by Gotham's Jeremy Bell.[7]

Lionsgate rushed to start filming in July, due to Lautner's schedule to begin work on the last two Twilight films for Summit Entertainment. Writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff was hired to work on the screenplay, and John Singleton signed on to direct in March.[5] Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Lee Stollman, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison produced the film, and Jeremy Bell and Gabriel Mason executive produced.[7] Lautner's father, Dan Lautner, also produced, the first film from their Tailor Made Entertainment label.[8]Variety estimated the budget to be around $40 million.[9]


Principal photography began on July 12, 2010 in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.[2] Lionsgate returned to the region due to tax benefits from Pennsylvania's tax credit program, after filming My Bloody Valentine 3D, Warrior, and The Next Three Days there in 2008 and 2009.[10] An open casting call for extras held at Carnegie Mellon University drew over 900 people in June, many of whom were teenage fans of the Twilight film series.[11]

Many of the film's scenes were shot in suburban Mount Lebanon, and some others in Forward Township.[2] Scenes were shot at Hampton High School in Hampton Township, a suburb north of Pittsburgh. The school's name and mascot, the Talbot, appeared in the film, as well as real students, cheerleaders, and the marching band.[12] Production continued in Pittsburgh, Mount Lebanon, Greensburg and Hampton Township, and lasted into September 2010


  1. Train– "To Be Loved"
  2. Lenny Kravitz– "Come On Get It"
  3. Raphael Saadiq– "Heart Attack"
  4. Oh Land– "Twist My Memory"
  5. Hot Bodies In Motion– "Under My Skin"
  6. Black Stone Cherry– "Blame It On The Boom Boom"
  7. Blaqk Audio– "The Witness"
  8. Cobra Starship– "#1 Nite"
  9. Alexis Jordan– "Good Girl"
  10. Matthew Koma– "Novocaine Lips"
  11. Superstar Shyra– "DJ Love Song"
  12. Donora– "The Chorus"
  13. Andrew Allen– "Loving You Tonight"
  14. Edward Shearmur – "Abduction Suite"

Video trailer song

  1. Kids – "Sleigh Bells"


Abduction has been met with overwhelmingly negative reviews, with an approval rating of 4% on Rotten Tomatoes (it was originally 0%, but then was pushed forward to 7% and is currently 4%) and a consensus being "a soulless and incompetent action/thriller that not even a veteran lead actor could save, let alone Taylor Lautner."[13] Roger Moore of the Chicago Tribune gave the film two out of four stars, saying it "falls in the same corner of the youth market as the Twilight movies. Some moments and many lines feel cribbed from that series."[14] Andrew Barker of Variety called the film "a haggardly slapdash Bourne Identity knockoff, never rising above the level of basic competence."[15] Catherine Brown of Filmink also gave the film a scathing review, saying that "Singleton is poorly equipped to handle teenage angst, a fact made far worse by cringe-worthy dialogue and a wooden leading man who proves that he has not yet developed the skills required to carry a film."[16]


  1. ^ "Abduction << British Board of Film Classification". British Board of Film Classification. 2011-08-23. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/BFF279964/. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Buckley, Chris (July 13, 2010). "Teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner filming 'Abduction' in the valley". Valley Independent. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleyindependent/s_690195.html. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Abduction". ComingSoon.net. http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=63252. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b cheung, Nadine. #continued>"Taylor Lautner Gets in Your Face in New 'Abduction' Poster". JSYK.com. #continued>http://www.jsyk.com/2011/04/18/taylor-lautner-abduction-poster/#continued. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Fernandez, Jay A. (April 26, 2010). "Writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff re-planning ‘Abduction’". The Hollywood Reporter. http://riskybusiness.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/04/26/jeffrey-nachmanoff-abduction-exclusive-taylor-lautner-lionsgate. Retrieved July 15, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Ward, Kate (February 26, 2010). "What $1 Million Buys in Hollywood". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20346839,00.html. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b McNary, Dave (March 25, 2010). "Singleton to direct Lionsgate's 'Abduction'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118016909.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ Serba, John (December 21, 2009). "Another action-movie role for 'Twilight Saga: New Moon' star Taylor Lautner, who forms production company with his father". The Grand Rapids Press. http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/12/another_action-movie_role_for.html. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (April 6, 2010). "Battle puts Lionsgate pair in hot seat". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118017260.html?categoryId=13&cs=1. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (March 31, 2010). "'Twilight' star Lautner will come to Pittsburgh for 'Abduction'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10090/1046802-51.stm. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Film Fans Make Their Move For 'Twilight' Star's New Pittsburgh Flick". WTAE. June 30, 2010. http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/high-school-playbook/24085735/detail.html. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Fera, Jessica (July 13, 2010). "Taylor Lautner Surprises Fans At Hampton High School". WPXI. http://www.wpxi.com/news/24243753/detail.html. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ Abduction at Rotten Tomatoe
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