Nerd Observation: ‘Abduction’ Poster

Regardless as to how you may feel about the upcoming movie Abduction, you cannot deny that the posters for the movie are a little reminiscent of some other movie posters out there.

I will be the first to admit that many movie posters borrow visual styles from others (“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” I believe is the phrase for this), but considering that I have had to see the billboard for Abduction everyday on my commute, I feel like I have to get this out of my system before I explode.

POSTER #1: The Abduction Identity

Here we have both men running, looking worried and to the side, with perpendicular lines drawing the eye to the name of the film. They’re in a sense mirror images of each other because the placement of the tagline and the direction the actors are looking. When you put them side to side it looks like they’re running from the same thing, which I think is kind of funny. Run, boys, run!


POSTER #2: Incepduction 

This one for me is the real kicker. The font style and placement is so very similar to that of the Inception poster, and for that matter any Christopher Nolan movie poster, and it even has the diagonal line going from the left to the right side with the main character on that line. The color scheme is almost identical, but my favorite is that it even has impossibly angled buildings! In Inception that made sense, but why in Abduction would buildings be criss crossing in directions that are physically impossible?!? On top of being a young spy or whatever, is Lautner’s character wanted because he has the power to bend buildings then surf down them? Actually, that would be really cool…


This isn’t a criticism and I’m probably not the first person to make this observation. As I said before so many posters, and this is applicable to any visual art, are inspired and influenced by others. I just find it amusing. Also, I had to get it out of my system because my parents were getting really sick of me bringing this up every time the commercial aired on TV.


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