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ABANDONED (DVD/ENG-SP SUB)ACTION/ADVENTURE MARY WALSH DELIVERS BOYFRIEND KEVIN TO A HOSPITAL FOR ROUTINE OUTPATIENT SURGERY. BUT WHEN MARY RETURNS TO TAKE HIM HOME, HE'S MYSTERIOUSLY VANISHED. AN ADMINISTRATOR CAN FIND NO RECORD OF HIM, AND A POLICE SEARCH TURNS UP NOTHING.BRITTANY MURPHY MIMI ROGERS
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Brittany Murphy's doll face is in nearly every scene. The acting was good, the plot was so-so as the "is it real?" didn't carry through until the very end as the movie shifts from a suspense-thriller to an action-drama.
If you enjoyed "Shutter Island", you might want to check out this movie or vice-versa.
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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
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.
I read it was predictable. No it's not. Of course it has it's "AHA" moments later on. And sure you might decide someone's a shady character or something's off about them from the beginning, but you still don't know why. That's true and should be true in every movie. That's how things are put together as to why everything we've seen to that point has happened. That's much different than being predictable. Brittany's acting was perfect for the role and character she was playing. People have said it's not the Brittany we've seen in other movies. Acting depends on what the movie's about and the person becoming that character for the situation at hand. She does that perfectly.
I read so many ppl focusing on her clothing.. such as since she's a business woman, she sure isn't dressed like one which takes away from her character. I don't know about you, but when I have a day off, you're going to see me dressed very casually. She's not playing a woman at work so why would she be dressed for it. It's kinda like seeing some helpless woman running around in the woods with some crazy man chasing her while she has heels on. That's laughable because it doesn't fit. Her character in a business outfit wouldn't fit because the business part of her life is what she does.. it's not a reflection of the character she's playing in this particular situation.
With all that said, the premise of the movie is boyfriend and girlfriend Mary (Murphy) and Kevin (Dean Cain). He has a torn ACL and is going in for routine surgery at the hospital. The nurse says it will only take about an hour. Mary waits for a few hours and still no word from anyone. She goes to the nurses station to get some info, only to find out his name isn't in the system, the nurse who was there before surgery is a nurse nobody has heard of, the Dr. doing the surgery is on vacation, and that particular floor didn't have any patients.
She does what any girlftiend would do and tries to find the answers to where Kevin is... yet the evidence seems to suggest he doesn't even exist. That's where it all begins. To say more would be giving away the whole story which many ppl do for some reason; I don't.
This was a very well done movie with many twists and turns of trying to put the pieces of this strange puzzle together. Murphy is great as Mary, and shouldn't be compared to other movies she's been in since this isn't those movies. Base your opinion on THIS movie alone, THIS situation, THIS character, and then make your decision on whether it was a good movie or not. You can't take a comedy role and a very dramatic role and say the drama wasn't good because it wasn't as good as the comedy. You can't even take movies of the same genre because they're completely different movies.
If I was asked if this was my favorite Brittany Murphy movie, the answer would be no. But that's not because this movie wasn't good.. it's just a preference of favorites. I was pleasantly surprised and very glad I ordered this movie, despite all the negative reviews from others.
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.