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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Excellence in true dramatic prose. RIP Brittany! Aug. 27 2010
By Author Carl Franklin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Imagine waking up and taking your boyfriend to the hospital for a routine procedure, only to find out that an hour later he turns up missing. Not in the computer system, not on the grid at all. Pretty devastating, wouldn't it be?

The final movie filmed by the late Brittany Murphy, Abandoned, comes packed with quite the punch. From one twist to another, we chase after Mary who's being chased by hospital administration- to name a few, who think she's lost her mind. She's leading to believe that her boyfriend Kevin, Dean Cain, has gone missing and not a single employee believes her. When Detective Franklin, Jay Pickett, steps in to investigate he finds more than he bargained for. After a day of thinking this super blond psycho fits the bill, he gives up his efforts to help her only to later find the answers to solve the puzzle.

This bone tingling suspense thriller will put viewers at the edge of their seats, chomping at finger nails and picking at those loose fibers on the cushions in the couch! Miss Murphy will be greatly missed, however this movie is sure to go down in the history of Cinema for the excellence in its dramatic prose.

Rest In Peace, Brittany. This movie serves her fans some closure, if you will, and shall be included as part of her wonderful Filmography
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A SAD FAREWELL Aug. 26 2010
By Mark Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
When a celebrity passes away it seems we focus on the good that the person did while on Earth and not the bad. A noble thought and one that should be so, but when the case in point is an actor, we then have to deal with the work they left behind, the final films that were yet to be released. Such is the case with ABANDONED and actress Brittany Murphy who was found dead last year. Already completed, the film has just been released on DVD with little or no promotion. Perhaps that's for the best as the film offers nothing new to the thriller genre and a performance that seems phoned in rather than well done by the late Ms. Murphy.

Murphy stars as Mary, a young bank executive on the way to the hospital with her new boyfriend Kevin (Dean Cain) who is due for orthopedic surgery. The hospital is in the process of closing and moving to a new location, but this outpatient surgery shouldn't take more than an hour or so. At least that's what the nurse who takes Kevin's forms tells Mary as she heads to the lounge to wait.

While waiting she meets a nice older man named Cooper (Tim Thomerson) and they talk about his wife and her chemo as well as the hospital. He gives her a few words of reassurance and moves on. After a few hours, Mary heads upstairs concerned that she hasn't had word on Kevin. To her surprise, the nurses on that floor inform her that there according to the computers Kevin is not a patient in the hospital.

After doing a search of the facility on her own while observed by security, Mary is directed to the head of the hospital Mrs. Markham (Mimi Rogers) who gets security to run the tapes of the cameras throughout the hospital for Mary. The only inkling of Kevin walking in is a shoulder shot that could or could not be him. When a police detective named Franklin (Jay Pickett) is called on the scene, they find that Mary is on anti-depressants and suddenly we're left to wonder if perhaps Kevin was imaginary or not.

Taken to be interviewed by the hospital psychiatrist on staff, Dr. Bensley (Peter Bogdanovich), he diagnoses her as mental and in need of observation. But Mary is certain that she's not losing her mind. She knows that Kevin is real. But if so, who is behind his disappearance and why? Is the entire staff of the hospital involved in some major conspiracy or is Mary just not quite all there?

Yes, this sort of story has been done before and better to boot. Rather than offer effective pacing that holds your interest, this movie crawls along at a snails pace and never offers the clues needed to make it an effective mystery. Instead it tries to build up the idea that Mary could be mad, but never does so convincingly or with enough support to make the viewer think that that is the case. We've seen this before, we know she can't be!

Murphy offers little to make this movie believable as well. Her performance seems one note, as if she were walking through it in a daze. The character would have come off better had she not seemed so out of it from the first scene until the last. And her appearance seems more like that of a groupie on the strip than a banking executive, making her even more unbelievable.

I would talk about Dean Cain here but why bother? He seems like a nice, likeable guy but this movie won't do much to raise his star level above direct to video titles. Rogers, a talented actress, is wasted here with nothing more than a few lines. Thomerson (who I think has always been much better than the roles he's been given) does a solid job here but again, the movie itself waste everyone's time and effort.

The film is dedicated at the end to Ms. Murphy. One would do better to revisit the other films she made like CLUELESS or SIN CITY than to remember her for this film.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary -Where Did your Boyfriend GO? Aug. 6 2013
By Sharye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It may not be a recent release, but "ABANDONED" is still a movie that should not be missed. Mary and Kevin are in the throes of new love until a routine hospital visit goes terribly awry. By the time Mary has returned from parking the car, her boyfriend Kevin is awaiting simple outpatient surgery in his room. A less than polite pre-op nurse enters and sends Mary off to the waiting room where she sits for hours. Mary decides to go and check on Kevin who should've been released hours earlier. But now hospital personnel are saying he never checked in, and that the section Mary is referring to is closed. She continues to demand answers, and hospital officials assert that her boyfriend is a figment of her imagination and attempt to place her under psychiatric care.

This thriller is constant suspense as Mary runs for her life through the bowels of the nearly deserted hospital, surveillance cameras tracking her every move. One plot twist after another until the viewer wonders what - if anything - is really real.

"Abandoned" is worthy of top ratings, on its own merit, not because it was Brittney Murphy's last. In particular, talented actor Dean Cain, who can play sweet boyfriend or killer husband, once again delivers a prime performance. Writers regaled in throwing viewers for a loop over and again. Super suspense and a production made even more excellent by its lack of any offensive material. One time viewing will not be enough.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Crazy husband alert Nov. 28 2010
By J Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The movie itself was ok. What was disturbing was how awful she looked. She was playing a bank professional, so the look did not fit the role at all. It was distracting to see such a beautiful actress look so bad. I was thinking maybe it was drugs? Nope, Simon Monjack did her hair and make up for the movie. The failed writer/director/thief Simon Monjack was listed in the credits as hair and make up. Normally, I don't even watch that far into the credits but I had to see what fool had her looking like that. Unless he went to beauty school under one of the fake names he used to score pills, wtf? I have heard of a lot of husbands interfering with their wives careers but that takes the cake. I saw Tribute that she filmed right before and she was stunning. How sad her final role makes her look like a crack ho, very sad. I hope he rots in hell.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Abandoned Oct. 8 2011
By Jenny Depp - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe this was Brittany Murphy's last movie prior to her passing. A great shame and sadness because she was a very talented actress. This movie may have been a small production, but it really shines out and grabs you. It has a great plot with drama, mystery and that big question that we all like to ask ourselves, "did he or she do it, or is there going to be a big twist at the end?" And so on. This movie is fast pacing and has you hooked from the first start. I only wish that Brittany was still here to continue to share her talents.