- Actors: Jeremy Piven, Lynn Collins, Elizabeth McGovern, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Dekker
- Directors: Gaby Dellal
- Format: Dolby, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: High Fliers Films
- DVD Release Date: 15 April 2013
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00AZMFUM6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,658 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The small working-class town of Angels Crest is a tight-knit community resting quietly in the stunningly beautiful Rocky Mountains. Ethan (Thomas Dekker), one of the town's residents, is a young father but not much more than a kid himself. He has no choice but to look after his three-year-old son Nate, since mom Cindy is an alcoholic. But one snowy day, Ethan's good intentions are thwarted by a moment of thoughtlessness, resulting in tragedy. A local prosecutor (Jeremy Piven) haunted by his past goes after Ethan, and the ensuing confusion and casting of blame begins to tear the town apart.
Thrilling and harrowing --Culture Catch
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I have never written a bad review for a film before, but am genuinely shocked that people could rate this above 3 stars. Child dies...then nothing at all happens. With a very poor ending.
Highly recommend you find a better film to watch!!
And if you do watch it and agree, please rate accordingly so other don't waste their time too!!
On his return Nate is gone and after a frantic search, involving most of the town- his dead and frozen body is found. Why the father did not follow the child's tracks in the snow is never answered though which I did feel was odd and has been seen by a lot od commentators as a bit of a plot hole. In the aftermath the whole town has to take a look at itself and how it truly is and accusation, recriminations and bigotry are high on the `to do' list.
This is a quietly confident film with a great performance from Thomas Dekker (`Kaboom') as Ethan and is more about social relationships and the threads that can unite and sometimes tie us together and what happens when those threads unravel - it is far from a `feel good' movie but it has its moments all the same. It also is filmed with a great eye to the location (Alberta and Calgary, Canada) and gives fair treatment to all of the players. One to make you think and one I can recommend, but bear in mind the plot hole that I mentioned. Seven out of ten rounded to four stars.
The film deals with issues which are always relevant to so many people - loss, guilt, coping, addiction and, let me say kind of demonology perhaps in authority - in the most basic terms. Unlike similar kinds of films, this one never thinks it knows, never thinks it has to go beyond the fundamental realities of these situations in order to picture them well. For me, this leaves a lasting impression and means that I can think about these issues actually, much more easily than if I had not seen this film. The core of the film looks in part at society / societies which overtly don't really care about their people, and perhaps more subtly, elements in society which seem to care or say they care, but only superficially. The result is, by the end, a very true seeming, largely negative conclusion on us, our societies and the modern time, which is perhaps lost in elements of the worst of times past, without learning. Does this world regress staunchly, steadfastly, even, before we can know it?
The title in the UK at least, "Abandoned" ("Angels Creek" in North America), seems to point to much more than just the child who goes missing in the opening minutes of the film. Are principles of what is a good life here, abandoned nowadays and how so, to what extents, and who is doing it and why? At the same time, the title word, abandoned, may have a further, questioning, existential meaning in describing the human situation anyway, regardless of time and place - the individual and the strange terrain of the world, whatever it can mean.
That my mind was opened very successfully to issue of life, time and social meaning is a rare occurrence in movies, to me. Usually I find that my mind is vacuumed by the end of a film, whether or not it was said to "deal with" issues or treat issues for discussion or awareness in the audience.
A nice, serious film which seems to present something of real life. Certainly of real life concerns, without patronising, feeling the need to suggest that life is more than life really is, nor getting lost in a fictional world of fantasies that have no real meaning for humans today.
There are twists, and the elements develop which allow the viewer to make conclusions for himself / herself. This then becomes the essence of this movie beyond the lovely cinematography, the latter becoming as an echo the expression of the ongoing, inexplicable beauty in life, a backdrop to the pain, struggles and torture.
Though the script is simple, with no pretensions or irrelevant ambitions, some viewers looking for something else may consider this a weakness in the film. For myself, it is a very strong point in a well crafted piece, from original idea, through very good, simple dramatic acting, to a full, beautiful, simple, understated presentation in the whole production.
The father is blamed and ostracised by the tow folk. A story to make you think but not a feel good movie. Well worth watching and some great scenic filming