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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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2.0 out of 5 stars McGill Alumni pay close attention... June 17 2004
Format:DVD
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 Royal Vic Hospital, and even the football field that our proud Redmen share with the Montreal Alouettes. Definitely worth checking out...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better June 13 2004
By Guiglou
Format:DVD
Yep, a good acting and a story begining well until you lose the plot and finally understand the illusion things easily. Then the end that messes up the whole plot with an unroginal twist if we can still call that "A twist". A pity! They could have made a very scary movie out from this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring May 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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.
This movie was just drab and what made it worse was that it was part of a cop investigation. That didn't help the plot at all.
Had potential to be decent if the approach was different. Skip it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars eh........... May 25 2004
Format:DVD
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. Boyfriend missing, recovering alcoholic cop on the verge of a relapse. It just doesn't add up, and there's a supposed "twist" at the end can be guessed as soon as you learn the premise. Coulda been better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars anemic thriller with good cast May 2 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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. Benjamin Bratt is always watchable but his character seems a little bit out of shape and Charlie Humane or whatever his last name is, is boring as hell as Holmes supposedly dead boyfriend. theres moments where you keep wondering, theres moments where you get headaches like that scene where Holmes and friends get high and its like 4 minutes of blue flashing. anyways it wasnt that good but it wasnt horrible. Stephen Gaghan wrote a even better movie called Traffic
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1.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable March 28 2004
Format:DVD
"unforgettable phychological thrill ride", so says the promo, don't believe it, this movie stunk up my living room. Katie Holmes does not act in this mess, she stares blankely.
Why did I hire this mess? I like thrillers, really I do, should stick to Hitchcock, this was really bad. No one from dawson's creek can act properly, no one.
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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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