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 … 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
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as Wade Handler

as Samantha Harper

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as Lt. Bill Stayton

as Mousy Julie

as Prof. Jergensen

as Harrison Hobart

as Amanda Luttrell

as Dr. David Schaffer

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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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