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The Abduction of Zack Butterfield

"The Abduction of Zack Butterfield" finds a sexy blonde Special Ops vet kidnapping a handsome blond high-school jock in hopes of reliving her lost youth in this woefully amateurish psychological thriller.

Woefully amateurish psychological thriller “The Abduction of Zack Butterfield” finds a sexy blonde Special Ops vet kidnapping a handsome blond, 14-year-old high-school jock in hopes of reliving her lost youth. Whether or not the filmmakers were trying to comment on hostage situations and/or gender-bent sexual domination, the pic’s resultant blond-on-blond bondage scenario plays like an awkward Aryan wet dream. High-concept, “Hard Candy”-type two-handers require strong thesping and assured scripting, both absent here. And since the acting is never risible enough to qualify as camp, the homevid ransom is likely to be small, following the pic’s May 20 bicoastal opening.

Opening scenes establish Zack’s (TJ Plunkett) studly but sensitive appreciation of women, his excellence in all sports and his solid, caring family (Lisa Gunn as Zack’s mother delivering one of the pic’s rare believable performances). His lissome 25-year-old femme abductor (Brett Helsham) veers from kittenish sexpot to hair-trigger killer in a psycho-second as she attempts to turn Zack into the teenage boyfriend she never had, sweet-talking him into guitar-accompanied sing-alongs and reenactments of prom dances when not threatening to blow him up if he tries to escape.

The Abduction of Zack Butterfield

  • Production: A Thunder Hill Pictures release of a Metropolis Films production. Produced by Stephen Ryder, Harold F. Lierow, Chris Ireland. Co-producer, Rick Lancaster. Directed by Rick Lancaster. Screenplay, Stephen Ryder, Lancaster.
  • Crew: Camera (color, HD), Aric Jacobson; editor, Kevin Grossman; music, Mark Krench; production designer, Marci Schunemann. Reviewed on DVD, New York, May 27, 2011. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: With: Brett Helsham, TJ Plunkett, Lisa Gunn, Aaron Letrick, Celine du Tertre, Stephen Ryder, Walter Masterson.
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