Poser can fire only blanks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 October, 2011, 12:00am

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Life is filled with debates that divide humanity down the middle. One involves the two opposing camps of Twilight: Team Edward versus Team Jacob. Which are you on?

For the longest time, Team Edward has had the upper hand. That's because Robert Pattinson has been the lead in several movies outside Twilight. Taylor Lautner, on the other hand, has not done much else, apart from a minor part in the romantic comedy Valentine's Day.

Now comes Abduction, starring Lautner as Nathan, a high school student who learns that his life has been one big lie. With his neighbour Karen (Lily Collins), he sets out to solve the mystery of his past, even as he needs to get away from baddies who are after him.

Abduction is Bourne-Identity-meets-Nickelodeon; that is, a less action-filled version of Matt Damon's films. Interaction between the two teen leads is stiff and their dialogue contrived.

There are a number of revelations that rely too much on coincidence. Setting Nathan up as the hot head with a heart is no different from his role as Jacob, only here he's clothed most of the time. He even resorts to his trademark expressionless looks.

The biggest question going into the movie is when Lautner will expose his toned bod. Answer: in the first 10 minutes. And yes, in that time, we also get Lautner doing his best impression of Zoolander's Magnum. Or is it Blue Steel ...