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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Abducted 2020 * * 1/2 Stars

AbductedDirector: Prince Bagdasarian
Year: 2020
Rated NR
Rating: * * 1/2 Stars
Cast: Daniel Josev, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Urie

2020's Abducted is my latest review. And no, it has nothing to do with that Taylor Lautner movie from nine years ago. This flick stars a different Taylor in Scout Taylor-Compton. Taylor-Compton plays a detective who likes Ramen bowls, likes having an attitude, and likes a little kickboxing.

Released in SHOWTIME via March of this year and containing a musical score that's as brisk as Abducted itself, Abducted is directed by a guy named Prince (that would be Prince Bagdasarian). Bagdasarian fashions Abducted as a combination of Taken and an episode of Law & Order. Cops, a vigilante, and a handicapped, deaf soldier get involved as fierce protagonists.

Scout Taylor-Compton searches for a kidnapped child in Diverted EdenAlong with Scout Taylor-Compton, Abducted stars lesser-known actors in Daniel Josev, Najarra Townsend, and Michael Urie. They all do a decent job whereas the bit players come off as a little stiff. Basically, Abducted keeps you guessing till the end and it's not as revenge-minded as you might think. The kidnappers don't necessarily die, they just get some wounds and a good old fashioned threat (spoiler).

With a working title of Diverted Eden and distributed by Artist View Entertainment, Abducted is just what it says it is: A war hero whose wife dies of cancer, takes the law into his own hands when his 7-year-old daughter is "abducted" from him. Dana Hunte (played by Daniel Josev) is said war hero. Dana thinks the police force is taking too long so he weapons up, dons a bulletproof vest, and investigates incognito.

Bottom line: Just imagine Charles Bronson, Bruce Willis, and Liam Neeson being a little nicer in their dispatcher methods and that's what you get with Abducted. With a red herring here and some absurdness there, the film is good for a decent rental considering that staying away from the theater is our only option these days. Rating: 2 and a half stars.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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