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Thursday, November 7, 2013

ABDUCTED - The Art of Holding Your Audience Hostage and Impregnating Them With Emptiness

I’m going to make this short and sweet. I dislike writing negative reviews about movies, but it seems I’ve stumbled across a few lately. Case in point: Abducted. Take a movie that actually cares about character development and relationship substantiation and then throws it all away on a protracted look into what it means to be incarcerated to potentially be used in an unknown experiment.  It’s a whole lot of talking and radiation suits with no zero scares or atmosphere and even a lack of common sense.

Synopsis from EOne:

Dave (Trevor Morgan) and Jessica (Tessa Ferrer), along with three other couples, are kidnapped by masked abductors in Griffith Park. Locked in a dark cell and sedated by gas, they are subjected to bizarre medical experiments and horrific physiological torture. After weeks of captivity, they make one final attempt to break free...only to discover the world they know will never be the same.

Trailer:


Like I said before, I actually enjoy the protagonist and gained, in a very short time, a bit of sympathy for them. That falls away fast after two characters sit in a dark room with goddamn cell phones in their hands trying to figure out where they are (with no bars, but somehow can access data feeds). Put a bunch of folks in a room and then allow them to form a hypothesis as to why they are there and what has already been done to them and you have a web of paranoia that, unfortunately for Abducted, seems just a bit silly, not scary and without the benefit of suspense.

The end of the movie completely irritated me for all the time I tried to let the characters in. False hope followed by poor plot device with a lack of explanation. You’re basically dropped on your ass at the end of the movie.

I think folks with genuine fear of tight places or being incarcerated may find something to enjoy in this picture though I disclaim that by saying that I don’t find this movie to be overly successful at invoking feelings of claustrophobia.



-DoC TERROR

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