If you're in the mood for an adrenaline rush at the theater this upcoming September, you could go watch Taylor Lautner get his Jason Bourne on in director John Singleton's new thriller, Abduction.
Nicolas Wending Refn's Cannes Film Festival award-winning Noir drama, Drive, opens within a week of Lautner's starring vehicle - and serves as an alternative for those who are looking to get their action fix from a movie that doesn't feature a star of the Twilight franchise.
Those who have watched the Drive red-band trailer (or managed to catch the film when it screened at the 2011 Comic-Con) know that Refn's film is more of a atmospheric tale, punctuated by the occasional car chase sequence and burst of graphic violence. Abduction, by comparison, appears to be much more of a standard man-on-the-run thriller, with Lautner constantly having to either outwit, outthink, or simply beat up his enemies.
For more on that, watch the extended Abduction TV trailer (via Apple) and Drive TV spot below:
As far as comparisons between these two titles: Drive has the advantage in the acting category, since it looks to boast some intense performances by solid talents like Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, and Albert Brooks. Of course, because the film is an R-Rated arthouse flick that (according to our own Mike Eisenberg) is somewhat reminiscent of Pulp Fiction, it's going to have relatively limited appeal, likely drawing in older moviegoers who are looking for a well-directed, well-acted, adult crime drama.
Abduction, on the other hand, actually has a very solid supporting cast - with stars like Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, and Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Michael Nyqvist onboard. However, Lautner and his leading lady, Lily Collins (star of Tarsem Singh's upcoming Snow White movie) are the big selling points here. Suffice it to say, there's certainly a younger crowd eager to watch them dodge explosions and make out with one another in an over-the-top conspiracy/action flick.
Chances are good that you already know which of these films is more your flavor. Then again, there's no rule saying you can't check out both. ;-)
Drive rides into theaters on September 16th, 2011.
Abduction will follow a week later on the 23rd. Which one are you going to be waiting in line for?
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers, FilmDistrict