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Abandon (2002)



Critic Consensus: The plotline for Abandon is too disjointed and muddled to offer much in the way of thrills.

Movie Info

A young woman is faced with the disturbing reemergence of a man she once loved in this psychological thriller. Embry Langan (Charlie Hunnam) was a wealthy but reckless student at an exclusive private college until he mysteriously vanished, with airline tickets to Europe left unused and plenty of money still in the bank. Two years later, Katie Burke (Katie Holmes), Embry's girlfriend, is still dealing with his disappearance as she goes into the home stretch of her college career. With exams, a thesis, and job interviews to think about, Katie is already walking an emotional tightrope when Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt), a police detective, enters the picture. Handler, a recovering alcoholic, has been ordered to reopen the Langan case, and as he questions Katie about the missing man, she finds her obsession with her former beau taking over her life, which leaves her all the more unnerved when she begins seeing Embry around the campus. Meanwhile, Handler's investigation begins to suggest Langan's disappearance may have been more sinister than imagined, and could be connected with other cases of missing students. Abandon marked the directorial debut for screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for his script for Traffic.more
Rating: PG-13 (for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, some violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Gaghan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Box Office: $10.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Katie Holmes
as Katie Burke
Benjamin Bratt
as Wade Handler
Zooey Deschanel
as Samantha Harper
Mark Feuerstein
as Robert Hanson
Fred Ward
as Lt. Bill Stayton
Melanie Lynskey
as Mousy Julie
Philip Bosco
as Prof. Jergensen
Gabriel Mann
as Harrison Hobart
Gabrielle Union
as Amanda Luttrell
Tony Goldwyn
as Dr. David Schaffer
Vaneesa Petch
as Young Katie
Victoria Petch
as Young Katie
Kevin Ryder
as Regular Guy
Rachelle Lefevre
as Eager Beaver
Paul Lemelin
as Eager Beaver
Simon Peacock
as Tech Recruiter
Howard Bilerman
as Venture Capitalist
Mark Camacho
as Detective Rigney
Mike Tsar
as Detective Kanter
Rob Burns
as Archivist
Kim Lambert
as Female Interviewee
Alicia Westelman
as Girl Singer
Jodie Resther
as Girl Singer
Bonnie Mak
as Waitress
Joe Cobden
as Student on Cell Phon...
Kwasi Songui
as Campus Security Offi...
Jay LaVallee
as Campus Security Offi...
Arthur Holden
as Frank Peabody
Brett Watson
as Recovering Alcoholic...
Bill Rowat
as Harrison Hobart Sr.
Liz MacRae
as Mrs. Harrison Hobart
Bill Corday
as Homeless Guy
Gian Paolo Venuta
as Research Assistant
Sheena Larkin
as Female Mogul
Ivan Smith
as Professor
Mike Paterson
as Russian Bear
Samir Mallal
as Indian Guy
David Gow
as Passerby Outside Plu...
Tim Petch
as Katie's Father
Ryan Wilner
as Student in Cafeteria
Charles S. Doucet
as Recovering Alcoholic...
Charles Papasoff
as Recovering Alcoholic...
Andrea Sadler
as Recovering Alcoholic...
Christian Paul
as Recovering Alcoholic...
Shawn Baichoo
as Trip Hop Inferno/Vir...
Ryan Kennedy
as Trip Hop Inferno/Tor...
Philip LeMaistre
as Trip Hop Inferno/Tor...
Giancarlo Caltabiano
as Trip Hop Inferno/Dan...
Joseph Baugniet
as Trip Hop Inferno/Per...
John Fallon
as Trip Hop Inferno/Mim...
Daniel Lee
as Trip Hop Inferno/Wol...
Malcolm Travis
as Trip Hop Inferno/Min...
Bryanne Hastings
as Trip Hop Inferno/Per...
Joan McBride
as Library Assistant
Iwan Edwards
as Choir Conductor
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Critic Reviews for Abandon

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32)

Meandering and glacially paced, and often just plain dull.

January 8, 2003
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

It's a bad sign in a thriller when you instantly know whodunit.

October 25, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It really is almost impressive how bad this is.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Common Sense Media

A dull, pretentious, and godly dreary pseudo-thriller...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A flimsy and tedious thriller.

Full Review… | January 2, 2009

The film's final twist is admittedly quite effective, though it doesn't even remotely justify the interminable build-up leading into it.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Abandon

Really thought I had reviewed this film some time ago. This film didn't do much for me. Maybe it was the acting of Benjamin Bratt, maybe it was the charater he played, just didn't enjoy this film and that is something rare for me. A 2 star and hope never to watch again.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Before I start, I know I am in the minority here. In fact, I have been defending this movie for years. After all, "Abandon" came out in 2002 and it's now 2011, and after almost 10 years I still keep coming back to this film, regardless of it's popular dislike. Written and directed by Stephen Gagan (Oscar winning scribe of "Traffic"), "Abandon" is extremely generous to multiple viewings. While the basic story is something we have certainly seen many, actually too many, times before, it's the characters and their psychology that really interest me. I find Katie (a wonderful and complex Katie Holmes) to be a very sympathetic character, regardless of her actions. I find something extremely cathartic in her story. Gagan crafts his morbid tale with a dark and stylish atmosphere rather than going for the easy scares others would have. He also tells his story with a shifting time frame that helps you see the world through Katie's eyes. "Abandon" is about the mind and how memories can grab hold, sometimes all too literally. "Abandon" is nothing new exactly, but for me, I really enjoy it. I think it's an involving, moody mystery with a very interesting central character. But then again, I am alone on this one, so go figure.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer


Saw the ending come from a mile away. Zooey was the only highlight of this movie.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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