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The plotline for Abandon is too disjointed and muddled to offer much in the way of thrills. Read critic reviews
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Detective Wade Handler
Dr. David Schaffer
Lt. Bill Stayton
Audience Reviews for Abandon
Sep 19, 2011Detective Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt) is assigned to investigate the disappearance of gorgeous rich guy/ student Embry Larkin (Charlie Hunnam) who vanished two years ago. Wade looks for Embry's former girlfriend, Katie Burke (Katie Holmes), a supposedly irresistible 'Man Killer' whose sweet, beautiful facade no male can resist. Katie is aggressively competing for a job at a prestigious firm after graduation and under a lot of pressure, completing her thesis, while having sessions with her psychiatric, Dr. David Schaffer (Tony Goldwyn). It is no surprise when Bratt falls for her 'jailbait' cuteness and accepts her word when she says Embry broke up with her, just before he disappeared...and again believes her when she says that Embry had reappeared and is threatening her, despite the fact that nobody else in college sees him! As the film crawls towards its predictable conclusion, her obvious schizophrenia, and flashy camera angles attempting to pass as 'suspense' pad out the story leading to the climactic scene with history about to repeat itself!Deb S Super Reviewer
Jul 19, 2011Really 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.
Feb 05, 2011Before 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.
Apr 29, 2009Katie Holmes trying to rid herself of her good girl image was unsuccessful in this film. It's not that her performance wasn't believable, she actually came across as a regular every-day college girl in this film, its just that this movie was kind of dull, and therefore not too many people would get the chance to see her playing against type.Remi L Super Reviewer