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Abandon (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]

Katie Holmes , Benjamin Bratt , Stephen Gaghan    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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By Deckard
Format:DVD
Suckered in by the synopsis of this film on a box office channel I decided to check it out. The film follows the tale of a female college student in the middle of writing her thesis, who finds herself suddenly involved in the investigation of her ex-boyfriend's disappearance 2 years ago. After a fairly decent start that managed to keep me interested, I found myself unbelievably being gently lulled into a peaceful sleep at 2 in the afternoon by the film's dire lack of pace, extremeley quiet low key performances, and dull rambling script. After several minutes of my head lolling forward I found that I could no longer fight the hypnotic power of Abandon, and gave in to it's will. I woke up somewhere near the end, some 45 minutes later, where the film wound up with one of those not-really-much-of-a-surprise endings. I really am struggling to find something positive to say about the film. Some of the lighting was quite nice, and the opening music was very mood-setting. Katie Homles was ok. But apart from that, it was very poor. The basic idea was extremely good, but somehow the film just completely fails to deliver. I just get the feeling that it could have been so much more - a better script, better leading men and more inventive ideas could have saved it. As it is, I would avoid, unless you're wide awake at 1 am panicing about not getting enough sleep for work. In which case, stick it on and sail away to the land of nod...
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3.0 out of 5 stars RECKLESS ABANDON Jan. 31 2004
Format:DVD
It's hard to believe that this script was written by Oscar winner Stephen Gagham ("Traffic"). In the interviews afterward, he comes across as a self-effacing young man obviously riding on his Oscar win. He also directs this and it's no more at times than an MTV music video (especially the annoying strobe-lighted sequence where Katie sees her long lost Embrey).
The movie is painfully slow in getting to the point, and the endless flashbacks to the little girl in the snow are never fully explained.
On the up side, however, are the dynamic performances of Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt. Holmes milks everything out of her girl next door, yet sexy, looks, and is especially good in the interview sequence, where she seems totally in control of things. Bratt parlays his smoldering macho into a genuinely caring, if blind, detective. In a smaller role as Holmes' psychiatrist, Tony Goldwyn gives off a smug lechery.
Gagham obviously focused on making this a "kid accessible" film, but insults their intelligence in not really supplying any real suspense or surprise. I could see the ending coming within the first twenty minutes.
Stylish, yet stifling.
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Format:VHS Tape
Doing many job interviews, finishing your thesis, and waiting for the upcoming graduation. At least "Abandon" succeeds in presenting credible characters facing the end of their days in university, and their nervous and unstable mental conditions. The problem is, the central plot is not about them.
Katie Holmes plays Katie Burke, intelligent (and a little bit icy) student preparing for the unnerving job interview with the first-rate company. But what is more unnerving for her is the loss of her boyfriend Embry (Charlie Hunnham, "Nicholas Nickleby), who has been missing for the last two years, and nobody knows whether he is dead or alive.
Before her, a handsome police detective (Benjamin Bratt) appears, who is trying to locate Embry. While trying to forget all about her past, and seeing the possibility of new love in front of her, Katie still cannot help daydreaming about her lost love. And it seems Embry also wants to come back since she keeps on 'seeing' him on campus or in her room. But is she just dreaming, or what?
The premise is interesting, but the result is not. We have little to find or detect from the beginning, and on the way the film starts to act as if it's not a thriller. Without occasional episodes (like the 'eyes' staring Katie), you forget this is supposed to be a thriller. I actually began to think that I was mistaken in supposing it's a thriller. It is. The thing is, it is done with a too thin material to make a chilling thriller.
The chacaters are interesting, all of them being the ones you know you see around you. Melanie Lynskey and Zooey Deschanel give us precious support, but their characters have nothing to do with the central plot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ABANDON this movie with all the possible means Oct. 18 2003
Format:DVD
It was on of the very rare instances that i watch a movie that i almost don't know anything about , and for Abandon i have only heared it was an EDGY thriller , i have put the DVD into the DVD player wishing to see this SUPPOSED edgy thriller and here what i have seen.
Katie Holmes plays a senior at a respectable College who has lost her boyfriend Embry (Charlie Hunnam) who has been absent for two years ,she is under a great pressure on completing her thesis when the mysterious disappearance of her lost boyfriend starts to chew on her nerves , and things starts to get more complicated when the detective Wade (Benjamin Bratt) begins his investigations on the disappearance .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not very good.
But the movie works and is in good condition! I don't know why I like this movie.

Charlie Hunnam? PROBABLY!
Published 11 months ago by Steacy Curry
2.0 out of 5 stars i found it mostly non-believable,pointless and confusing
mostly i found this movie non-believable,pointless and confusing.i
didn't find it really predictable,but most people probably will.the
acting was OK,but not great. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2008 by falcon
2.0 out of 5 stars It was reasonably entertianing, but...
...for a mystery/thriller, there was very little that was mysterious or thrilling. From the first 15 minutes of the film, the end was obvious. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Aletheia Tamewitz
2.0 out of 5 stars McGill Alumni pay close attention...
The movie itself is pretty bad, but as a McGill graduate, I was pleasantly surprised when I was flipping channels and happenned upon scenes of Leacock, Upper Rez, Douglas Hall, the... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by "seanbarrett2"
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better
Yep, a good acting and a story begining well until you lose the plot and finally understand the illusion things easily. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Guiglou
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I'm often on the lookout for independent films but this movie was just plain boring. The best character was the one who died, the young college boy with a vision. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars eh...........
I never, ever thought I'd say it...but Katie Holmes on screen about 98% of the time just didn't do enough to make this movie worth it. Decent premise, I suppose. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Moonlight Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars anemic thriller with good cast
this one makes your blood thin. I watched this expecting a lot of twists but it didnt, only the end. Katie Holmes is beautiful as always but we dont feel for her character. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Michael Bolts
1.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable
"unforgettable phychological thrill ride", so says the promo, don't believe it, this movie stunk up my living room. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by J. Botha
2.0 out of 5 stars worse then I've expected
The trailers make this film a chilling thriller with some cool twists but really it is a slow moving piece of junk. The characters, Katie and Embry, are mediocure and poorly used. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by "snuffsnuff"
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