Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel, Fred Ward
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
You can admire Abandon more for what it attempts, as opposed to what it actually achieves. Making his directorial debut after winning an Oscar® for scripting Traffic, screenwriter Stephen Gaghan emphasizes character dynami... more »
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Patricia M. from MIDDLESEX, NJ
Reviewed on 12/11/2010...
A fine movie to watch. Katie Holmes- and Benjamin Bratt very good in this role.! Plot and other characters good!
Michael M. (bugsyboy) from LEAWOOD, KS
Reviewed on 6/13/2008...
Interesting psychodrama. Any fan of Katie Holmes, should like this movie.
Gail S. (Bella44) from MEDINA, OH
Reviewed on 1/12/2008...
Interesting movie. Very unique psycho-drama!
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 07/03/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"**1/2 "Abandon" is yet another in a long line of mystery films in which the audience is supposed to be thrown for a loop when it comes time for the filmmakers to unveil their "surprise, turnabout" ending. Only, in this case, most reasonably intelligent filmgoers should be able to spot the outcome miles ahead of the characters.Katie Holmes stars as Katie Burke, an attractive but overstressed college student who has had serious abandonment issues ever since her father left her when she was a little girl. It turns out that Katie was also dumped by her boyfriend, Embry Larkin, two years ago when he mysteriously vanished from school without a trace. Benjamin Bratt plays Wade Handler, a detective sent to investigate the disappearance who believes that the boy may have met with foul play. Suddenly, Katie starts seeing Embry popping up in various places around campus. Has he returned or is someone playing a cruel and vicious game on the distraught young woman?"Abandon" provides passable entertainment for undemanding mystery buffs, I suppose, but the film, as a whole, is neither particularly suspenseful nor particularly intriguing. The details of Bratt's past, which are supposed to somehow figure into his psychology, are so sketchily filled in that we have almost no idea of what the trauma was that supposedly turned his life around. Katie's issues are a little more clearly outlined, but her character still emerges as little more than a pop psychology cliché - as is the whole movie, in fact, when you come right down to it."Abandon" is not really a bad film, just an instantly forgettable one. Chances are it might fit the bill on one of those long, lonely nights when the brain goes into snooze mode and anything of any real substance just seems too taxing."
I Liked It Alot!
Ed Mich | New York | 11/02/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Abandon was a very strange movie. I heard about the movie earlier in the year on a website and thought that it looked pretty good. When I saw it I thought that it was strange but great. Alot of people say that Abandon is very predictable but I didn't guess the ending. The ending was great and left you in a state where you knew that there had to be a sequal. This is the type of movie where you just have to ignore what all of the reveiwers think and just go see it if you think that it looks interesting! It stars Katie Holmes as.....Katie Burke who is in her senior year at college. Katie is under alot of stress trying to finsh her thesis and taking job interveiws. She is also just getting over the fact that her rich boyfriend Embry has been missing for two years. Embry is played by Charlie Hunnam. Since he has not spent any money or has been seen everybody thinks that he is dead. Enter Detective Wade Handler who is a recovering alcoholic and has been assigned to find out more on the Embry case. Wade's investigation leads right to Katie and he questions her to find out more. Everything is fine untill Katie starts to see a person who looks exactly like Embry. The supporting cast is also very great. The very talented Zooey Deschannel (The New Guy, Big Trouble),Gabrielle Union and Melanie Lynskey also light up the screen.The only problem with Abandon is how it is a little slow at the beginning and the scene when they are drunk or high at a party. I felt that that scene was a little too much. To conclude I liked Abandon and if I have a little extra money it would probally become part of my DVD collection.ENJOY!"
Much more than you may think...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 02/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I remember when I went and saw this for the first time and everyone I was with thought it was terrible. I remember being in shock because I thought it was quite good. Granted, at the time of its release I was in love with Katie Holmes and thought she could do no wrong. Now, years later I decided to watch this again to see if it holds up now that my fascination with Holmes has diminished due to her insanely strange new outlook on life. Well, it does. I don't know what to say to all these people who find this film horrendous. I actually really like it. It works, it's solid and it impresses me to this day. Sure, it's not perfect, but it's so much better than many make it out to be.
The film revolves around Katie Burke, a young college student who is haunted by the memory of her ex-boyfriend Embry. Embry has been out of her life for two years now, just up and disappearing, but suddenly he seems to be returning. This begins to take its toll on Katie when Wade, a police detective battling his own demons, begins investigating Embry's disappearance. Katie is struggling to complete her thesis and land a good job but the sudden reappearance of Embry is throwing a wrench in everything. As her relationship with Wade begins to flourish her own demons come to the surface and soon we realize that Katie is not who we think she is and that Embry's reappearance may have more meaning than we could ever imagine.
`Abandon' plays out like a B-movie, but a very good one at that. It's not as polished as most Hollywood fare; it's gritty and dark, and I think this does the film a huge service (thought I was gonna say `disservice' didn't you). `Abandon' is at moments chilling and this is thanks in large part to Holmes performance. Katie has always had potential but it wasn't until just before she went cuckoo for Tom Cruise that she actually began to tap into it. Her performances in this film as well as 2003's `Pieces of April' are among her finest to date. It's a shame she has thrown it all away.
The rest of the cast does a fine job as well. Benjamin Bratt does his best to stand out but doesn't fare so well. His scenes are smothered with Katie's commanding presence. Zooey Daschanel is funny and witty as Katie's friend Samantha and the beautiful Gabriel Union delivers as Amanda (although I really wish she had more screen time). Melanie Lynskey manages to make me remember her (as she always does) but it's Charlie Hunnam who really grabbed my attention. As the mysterious Embry he really gets under the skin and makes a lasting impression.
Stephen Gaghan's script is tightly woven and, while not exactly mind blowing and or original it manages to strike fresh blood; creeping us out as well as making us think. `Abandon' is surely misunderstood and underappreciated. Don't let the negative press keep you away from this one."