It’s extremely hard to escape a franchise as successful as Harry Potter. By escape, I don’t necessarily mean that the actors want nothing to do with the movies, but there comes a point where as an actor you’d like to do other things and sometimes well-received franchises limit an actor’s ability to do so. For instance, are people like Taylor Lautner and all the younger supporting actors from all the Twilight and Harry Potter movies ever going to have an actual career? The answer, in most cases, is no, probably not.
I feel like the entire film industry is beginning to revolve around pop culture. Now, this isn’t anything new, I know, but that doesn’t mean that it still isn’t frightening, with franchises that run for anywhere from five years (Twilight Saga) to 50 years (James Bond films). The surprising thing, though, is how much money these franchises make. Franchises like the Harry Potter films are in the multi-billions, as are franchises like Twilight and the James Bond movies.
So let me start off by saying that I hate Twilight pretty badly. The same goes for the majority of the actors involved, because they are mediocre at best. None more so than Taylor Lautner, the always shirtless werewolf kid who is attracted to the rat faced looking Kristin Stewart. I always thought to myself: How about this kid does something else other than Twilight movies? Maybe he wouldn’t be so bad in something else.
It looks like he’s still a pretty stagnant actor, but the trailer for his new movie Abduction definitely looks promising. Check it out below:
Now I didn’t see him with his shirt off once in the trailer, which is good because I’d have to instantly boycott the movie. That’s not to say he won’t run around shirtless for an hour in the movie (Much to the enjoyment of the ladies), but I’m hoping all of the seemingly constant action will help move us past that. Lautner may be a pretty shoddy actor, but it looks as if he will be surrounded by a pretty talented group of co-stars. The most notable of these actors would be Sigourney Weaver of Alien franchise fame, and many other movies since. Alfred Molina is in it as a government agent bent on capturing Lautner’s character. You may remember Alfred Molina for his turn as Doctor Octopus in Spiderman 2 and his most recent movies Prince of Persia and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Also starring, albeit briefly, are Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) and Maria Bello (History of Violence).
So it would seem like a monkey could do a good job in a movie surrounded by talent like that, so I’m willing to give teen-wolf Lautner a chance for this one. Plus the movie is directed by John Singelton, whose last movie, Four Brothers, definitely kicked some ass… even though it was almost six years ago.
So what does everyone think? Yay or nay on this movie being any good? I’m hopeful because some of these pretty boys need to break out of being type cast as the teenage heartthrob in everything. I might be able to stand them if they started doing some dumb action flicks instead of dumb romance movies. Leo Dicaprio did it, so can you wolf-boy!
Abduction is released in theaters September 23rd, 2011.