Abduction parents guide

Abduction Parent Review

Like all action films, this one packs a punch with frequent gunfire, dead bodies, explosions and a sense of peril for the young characters.

Overall C

When Nathan (Taylor Lautner) discovers his young face on a missing children's website, he suddenly has a lot of questions. But asking them unleashes secrets from the past that threaten to destroy his future.

Violence C-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

Abduction is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, brief language, some sexual content and teen partying.

Movie Review

With his own movie production company (Tailor Made) and the lead role in Abduction, Taylor Lautner no longer has to play lone wolf while a vampire makes off with the girl.

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However this film’s opening minutes parade out a sequence of teen activities most parents won’t want their own kids mimicking|dangerous driving stunts, unsupervised home parties and alcohol consumption to the point of passing out.

Nathan’s (Taylor Lautner) father (Jason Isaacs) is none too happy with those antics either when he picks up his partially disrobed son from a party. (Yes, expect to see Lautner take his shirt off more than once in this movie.) When they get home, Kevin tosses the boy a pair of boxing gloves and begins their daily sparring session although the teen complains about a hangover.

But despite positive parental involvement and two good buddies at school (William Peltz, Denzel Whitaker), Nathan feels like he doesn’t fit in with the rest of his peers. Then while doing a school project with his next-door neighbor Karen (Lily Collins, daughter of musician Phil Collins), he stumbles upon something that confirms his sense of alienation. On a website for missing children, he finds himself. But just as he is about to get some answers from the woman he calls mom (Maria Bello), two armed men break into the house and gun down the adults.

Cautioned by his shrink (Sigourney Weaver) to trust no one, Nathan grabs his study partner and takes off on a course that would keep Jason Bourne on his toes. Not knowing who is after them, Nathan is surprised when he and Karen are contacted by CIA agent Burton (Alfred Molina) who seems able to intercept Nathan’s telephone calls whether he’s using a land line, cell or pay phone. Nathan also discovers he is the target of European criminal Kozlow (Michael Nyqvist) who knows more about his past than he does.

Like all action films, this one packs a punch with frequent gunfire, dead bodies, explosions and a sense of peril for the young characters as they make their way across the country in search of Nathan’s true identity. Luckily the teens have the good sense to cut short a passionate make-out session before it puts them in a compromising position on a train with an armed thug intent on killing them.

Playing to the premise that Nathan is no average boy, the script gives this adolescent the chance to prove he is genetically programmed for greatness at least when it comes to fending off gun-toting felons. Unfortunately the everyday actions he toys with (excessive drinking and dangerous stunts) may prove fatal for ordinary teens who might try to do the same.

Directed by John Singleton . Starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina. Running time: 106 minutes. Theatrical release September 23, 2011. Updated

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Abduction Parents Guide

A man threatens to kill a boy’s associates and friends on Facebook. Are there dangers linked with friending someone on social networking sites? Is this a realistic concern people should have?

Nathan feels like he doesn’t fit in with his peers. Do many children and teens feel this way at some point in their lives? Does the script do an adequate job of supporting Nathan’s notion?

Is it uncommon for children or teens to wish they had a secret identity? How does this same script play out in movies like Spy Kids where they discover their parents are international spies or in The Princess Diaries where the main character finds out she is really the daughter of royalty? Why do people sometimes fancy themselves as someone special? Is there harm in entertaining these fantasies?