The Title: When I first heard the title “Abduction“, I assumed it was about an alien abduction or about someone being abducted by strangers. I think it’s a fair assumption to say that most people would guess that. I’m not going to ruin the movie, but I must say that the title is misleading and inaccurate. The entire movie is not about an abduction whatsoever! This may seem like a moot point, but I think they need to get the title right when they make a movie.
The Acting/Action: I was sure that I wouldn’t enjoy the movie because the actor is very young (19) and the only thing I know about him is that he was in those trashy vampire movies, Twilight or something like that (haha), that are all the rave lately with actors that look like they should still be in diapers. My wife loves this type of action/thriller. She knew she wanted to see it weeks ago when we saw the trailer for the first time. And no, it’s not because of the actor, Taylor Lautner, who she finds unattractive..(Just to clarify that! ) I did some googling and found out that this young actor, Taylor Lautner, was voted 2nd sexiest man of 2010 (by Glamour magazine) and 4th on the list of Most Amazing Bodies. (I scanned both lists quickly to see where I ranked but alas, was not there, haha! ) So it was with a bit of trepidation that I went to the movie with my wife, unsure if she’s become a new diehard Jacob Black fan… :-( The story, action and acting were actually pretty good. What I enjoyed most was the drama of the character finding out that his life was not exactly what he thought it was, as if his entire life has been a complete lie.
The Drama of Life: Anyone having a mysterious or unknown past will no doubt reflect a great deal on their own life as they watch this movie. As he’s in the “psychologist’s” office early in the movie, the character describes how he feels like he’s “a stranger in his own life and how he feels like he doesn’t quite belong.” Many people, I’m sure, at one point of their life or another will relate to this feeling. Unfortunately, if the right answers are not provided and the right attitude is not developed, many young people may be susceptible to suicidal thoughts (or worse, action). I was very much at such a crossroads when I was a teenager and came to learn that my biological mother had committed suicide when my twin brother and I were 1 year old. All of those thoughts of inadequecy, rejection and unacceptance began to pour into my life and it took a great deal of time to overcome these thoughts (which can still creep in from time to time if I allow them). I actually love the tagline for this movie which reads on the poster, “The fight for the truth, will be the fight for his life”. This is actually true for every person who has lived, is now living or will live in this world. This fight for truth, though, is not so much a physical struggle to find information on our past but is more accurately a spiritual search to find truth about our worth. One verse I read that still speaks to my soul is “Though my father and mother (or any other family members!) reject me, the LORD will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10) Or Psalm 139 which declares that God’s thoughts are innumerable towards me. Me?! Yes, even me! “How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.” This is the kind of truth that is transforming. Now that kind of truth being spoken to the character in the movie is something that would have been quite an ending!