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With Abduction, Can Taylor Lautner Become A Leading Man?

Submitted by on September 29, 2011 – 10:00 am2 Comments

Taylor Lautner‘s first attempt at being a solo leading man role debuted last weekend—and so far, the results don’t look good.

Critics are being brutal with Lautner’s new action flick, Abduction, with several noting the awkward dialogue literally caused laughter in audiences. The Daily News describes it as “ridiculously cheesy,” and the Associated Press says its nowhere near as a good a thriller as it’s Bourne Identity inspiration. While it’s no secret the film was a vehicle for Lautner, many say the movie barely tries to grow beyond that purpose.

Critics saved special cruelty for the film’s screenwriter. “Shawn Christensen…should never [be] allowed near even a word processor,” said the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Opinions were more split over Lautner himself. The Hollywood Reporter says Lautner “holds his own;” but the New York Times describes him as an “advanced robot simulating human speech without registering emotion or even comprehension.”

But the box office will really determine whether this film becomes a franchise starring Lautner as hoped. And the movie came in at a respectable fourth place for the weekend; but it brought in a relatively low $10.9 million for its opening weekend, and was topped by a Disney re-release and a movie that stars a dolphin.

What do you think? Can Lautner overcome this lackluster leading man debut?

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