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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2004
Katie Holmes looked at one point that she was poised for stardom, with those perenially girlish looks and lop sided pout.
However, if she keeps up this sort of effort, she will soon be doomed to straight to video shelves for the rest of her career. This movie aims for off kilter edgy psycholgical thrills - 'what is really going on' paranoia. But in the end, what it actually achieves is boredom and 'who really cares' apathy.
The story revolves around a colege student preparing for her thesis. She starts having memories surface of her boyfriend, who disappeared strangely 2 years ago, when an ex alcoholic detective is sent to investigate his disappearance. The investigation leads to her seeing the ex boyfriend again. The tension revolves around the uncertainty of whether what she is seeing is real or not.
It's not really a bad movie; the director uses various time dislocation tricks to put the audience off kilter, and Holmes fans will enjoy - just dont expect excitement, or any real tension from a thriller which is labelled as exciting and tense.
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I tend to be rather forgiving of this kind of suspenseful thriller, even one as predictable as this one. Abandon basically tries to accomplish what a number of other recent films have already accomplished, and that growing audience familiarity with this genre deprives Abandon of some of the shock value it might otherwise have had. It may well pack a real punch to those who don't see the climax coming, and I think it plays rather well even to those who won't be surprised in the least, but some viewers will undoubtedly judge the film forgettable.
I'm not Katie Holmes' biggest fan, and I was prepared to be unimpressed after her first few scenes, but she gradually seemed to grow into her character, and in the end I was fairly impressed by her performance. The dark and mysterious atmosphere of the film was also a plus. Since the story held no ultimate surprise for me, the acting and atmosphere pretty much took on the responsibility of holding my attention. A couple of reasonably creepy scenes definitely scored this film some extra points on my scorecard.
Katie Burke (Katie Holmes) seems to be all set for success. Sure, she's having a little trouble finishing her thesis, but she's smart, meticulously organized, and a big hit at job interviews with high-paying companies. Then the past starts to catch up with her, and everything starts to unravel. A couple of years ago, she dated this incredibly pompous nonconformist (in all things, definitely including hairstyle) who thrived on showing up everyone around him in a desperate bid for attention. Ol' Embry (Charlie Hunnam) up and disappeared a few weeks before graduating, though, and he hasn't been heard from since. The guy inherited gobs of money, though, so the cops are still actively working the case. That's where Detective Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt) comes in, as he is assigned to work the two-year-old case upon his return to active duty (following some personal problems with substance abuse). What if Embry suddenly returns? All Katie needs is a little more stress in her life. And is it her fault that men seem to keep falling in love with her?
Abandoned turned out to be a pretty good psychological thriller that succeeds in maintaining a dark and menacing atmosphere throughout. I don't think its transitions between past, present, and future are handled all that smoothly, but the pathway toward the climax is a veritable funnel of emotional intensity. It's too predictable to be great, but Abandon is more than capable of commanding your attention throughout.
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on 31 January 2004
it takes a little while to get going,but when it does,its a great starts of with the life of katie,whose in her last year at university and is doing well.she is soon interviewed by a detective about a missing person(embry) who she used to go out with.clips from their past is entwined with the plot,building up the story.i cant write much more about the plot othwerwise i'll give it has a really unexpected twist with a really good ending.
its really well acted,surprisingly,considering it has katie holmes from dawsons creek in it.i personally find her annoying how she can only seem to smile from one side of her face,but i assure you her acting is very good in this film.the guy who plays embry works well with her and is very good looking too!
it has an good ending that doesnt spell it out.
you'll like this if you dont like your plots spoon fed to you.
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on 11 May 2015
Could`ve been a better movie....not a movie to buy and keep, but it`s jump out of your seat moments....
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on 14 August 2014
Hunnam is brilliant but Katie is annoying
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on 3 May 2015
item as expected quick delivery
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on 30 November 2015
Everything fine. Thanks!
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on 6 September 2014
good film not bad at all
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on 8 February 2015
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on 30 April 2013
Bad Acting, editing, script and ending. terrible film, waste of money and talent. Katie Holmes in robot mode and looks like its been made on a shoestring
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