The Abduction of Zack Butterfield 2011
1h 31min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 19 April 2011 (USA)
A disturbed young woman returns to the US after combat as an American mercenary in Iraq and abducts a 14 year old boy, holding him prisoner in her isolated country home as a bizarre relationship develops.
I waited a long time for this to become available on DVD. It’s an interesting idea for a movie and the trailer made it look like it could be a credible film, but it is close to bottom-of-the-barrel film making. Barely a notch above homemade YouTube video productions. For such a prurient plot line there is nothing in this movie that would make a nun blush. The most memorable sex scene involves them jumping on the bed as the camera moves away and points to the floor as the couple’s articles of clothing are thrown there into a pile while music from Swan Lake is played. Swan Lake! It was like a parody of a bad lovemaking scene! The boy is appealing enough in the lead but every other performance in the movie seems amateurish. The young woman is nowhere near credible as a skilled and dangerous war veteran. And it ends abruptly with several captions to explain what happened after, which were both inane and unsatisfying. Somebody had an provocative idea for a movie, but no ability to deliver one.
Director: Rick Lancaster
Writers: Stephen M. Ryder, Rick Lancaster
Stars: Brett Helsham, TJ Plunkett, Lisa Gunn