1.5 out of 10
Release Date: 17th March 2014 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Mark Cooper Harris
Cast: Mark Cooper Harris, Anna Nightengale, Honor Kneafsey, Deji LaRay, Preston Douglass, Blaine Gray, Rhea Bailey, Delvon Roe, Lita Lopez, Felix Ryan, Mark Dippolito, Nicole Dionne, Neil Large with Rita Ramnani and Kyle Summercorn
Writer: Mark Cooper Harris & Davie Fairbanks
In this ludicrous attempt to achieve the same later-life action man status as Liam Neeson did with the Taken trilogy, actor-director Mark Cooper Harris (OUTSIDE BET) finds new ways to show what a low-level ego can achieve when it goes unchecked. Growing himself a tidy pile of small but effective turns at the low-budget end of the UK filmmaking pond, Mark Cooper Harris must have decided that it was time to step front and centre with this offensive and ill-researched non-thriller. He had already proven that he could act, escpecially in a very impressive supporting turn as Nick Nevern’s (youthful) dad in GBH and before Abducted he’d never had the outlet to show what he was capable of. If ever there was an example of an actor that should stick to small turns its this. He’s clearly overstretched himself here.
Mark Cooper Harris plays loving father and ex-military man, Matt Hollis. He’s become estranged from his wife after the death of his eldest child. He cries his way back into lives of his wife (ANNA NIGHTENGALE – VICTIM) and young daughter at length before convincing them to go on a reconcilliatory holiday to LA with him (or was it Miami, I’ve forgotten). Little does he know that he’s booked a holiday home from an evil child-snatching syndicate and that they’re going to frame him for the murder and kidnap of his family. The baddies and police forget to take into account his black-ops past as he quickly gives them all the slip to take revenge and restore his life and family to order.
Sounds solid enough doesn’t it? Well it isn’t. The script and plot is laden with long and preachy scenes of dialogue ripped from the Daily Mail delivered with the same vigour as a dodgy preacher man. So full of ham and cheese is Harris’ performance that he renders any potential subtleties null and void. His supporting cast don;t get a look in as the sad scenes shuffle into one another. The action is cack-handed and the LA locations squandered so casually it may as well have been shot in aback garden in Dagenham. The American cast clearly know they’ve been duped into appearing in a non-event as they barely show up to offer suitable resistance to our anti-hero. When faced with the evil paedophiles they are subject to paragraphs of dialogue as to how bad they are. Any viewer already knows this, but the prolonged scenes of dialogue continue and so we begin to wonder what Danny Dyer may have been like in the main role. Abducted contains the worst portrayal of drunkeness I’ve ever scene. There’s a scene in which Harris goes for broke and begins to shout drunkenly at God, whilst drinking vodka. It has to be seen to be believed. if this film was bigger this scene would surely be available to ‘laugh at’ on YouTube as a seperate entity.
Single scenes away from Harris appear to be ripped from a seperate film. One disturbing scene alone gets the message across single-handedly with the rest of the preachy scripts help. A young boy is co-herced gently into having sex with an evil movie exec is effectively upsetting and nails the tone. The rest of the film including a ridiculous shoot-out at a child-supermarket and a kidnap of two English girls getting forced into enslavement by fake Hollywood agents is a huge waste of everybody’s time.
1.5 out of 10 – Bad acting, bad script and a very dozy plot betray a lack of research and a low-level actor’s ego gone crazy. It falls a long, long way short of it’s lofty ideals and shows what can happen to you if you live on a reading diet of The Sun and The Daily Mail. Shockingly bad taste. On to bury.
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Mark Cooper Harris: Once Upon a Time In London, Pretty Boy, The Hatton Garden Job, Bonded By Blood 2, The Crypt, The Coven, The Hooligan Wars, GBH, Offender, The Holding, Outside Bet
- Anna Nightengale: Victim
- Deji Laray: The Last Scout
- Blaine Gray: The Last Scout
- Rhea Bailey: The Bill (TV)
- Rita Ramnani: Hedda Gabbler, The Last Scout, A Dark Reflection, Meet The Firm, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, He Who Dares, White Collar Hooligan 2, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne (2012), Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Jack Falls, Jack Said, Jack Says, Stagger, How To Stop Being a Loser, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Umbrage- The First Vampire
- Neil Large: The Hooligan Factory, White Collar Hooligan 2, Ill Manors, Turnout, Tony
- Kyle Summercorn: Essex Boys Retribution, Private Peaceful, Turnout, Dead Set (TV)