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Film / Abduction

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A 2011 action movie directed by John Singleton, his last film as a director, starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, and Sigourney Weaver and produced by Lionsgate.

Nathan Price is an average High School Senior - going to parties, riding his motorcycle, and daydreaming about the girl next door. Then one day while doing research for a sociology paper, he finds his own face on a missing persons website. Before he can think, the people he has always thought of as his parents die as assassins arrive to collect him, and he finds himself on the run from bounty hunters and the CIA.

Tropes in this movie:

  • Chekhov's Gun: The baseball tickets, the fake IDs, the phone in Martin's apartment.
  • Faking the Dead: Frank and an aide lie amongst the rubble in the diner as the shooters after Nathan come in to look for him - and get capped for their troubles.
  • Fruit Cart: Nachos during the chase at the park.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Nathan is chased through PNC Park, knocking over many people - but this does not attract the eyes of security.
  • Hollywood Law:
    • Nathan's birth certificate says "State of Pennsylvania", but Pennsylvania is a Commonwealth.
    • Also, Nathan rides around on his motorcycle without a helmet - but PA laws say you must wear one until you are 21 years of age. Looking that young, he would be stopped for sure.
  • The Mole: Frank is on the list of people who sold state secrets. It has much less bearing on the plot than you'd think.
  • Never Trust a Title: The movie is called Abduction, so guess who gets/got abducted! Give up? Nobody. Karen gets very temporarily kidnapped while on the train, but hardly enough so to qualify for the title.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Frank takes Nathan and Karen out to eat after chasing them for quite a while.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Nathan looks nothing like his "parents", yet he's still a little angsty when he finds out.
  • Pass the Popcorn: "I don't know much about baseball, but I do like popcorn."
  • Poor Communication Kills: Nathan's family was hardly straight about him being adopted, nor did Nathan go straight to his parents when he began to suspect that he was. Folks died.
  • Removed from the Picture: Nathan's baby picture was found to be cropped once they find an artifact of an arm in it.
  • Thriller on the Express: The protagonists try to leave for Kansas by train. It doesn't work out well.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A man is gunned down by a sniper in broad daylight outside of a busy baseball stadium. No one outside of the main characters notices.