Abandon

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Released 2002

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Director:
Stephen Gaghan
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13

Abandon is a 2002 American thriller film based on the novel Adam's Fall, written by Sean Desmond. The film, directed by Stephen Gaghan, stars Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Whitmere. It was critically panned following its release, with critics saying it was too similar to the movie Fatal Attraction. Holmes plays a college student whose boyfriend disappeared two years prior. Bratt plays the police detective investigating the disappearance. Detective Wade Handler (Bratt) is given a new case, the disappearance of Embry Larkin (Hannem). Handler finds that he is the boyfriend of Katie (Holmes). When he questions Katie, she tells him she is unsure where Larkin is but that he might have just left school and disappeared without telling her or anyone else. Handler tells Katie he thinks Larkin is dead because he found two unused tickets to Greece. A short time later, Katie starts seeing visions of Larkin. One night she wakes up after falling asleep studying and finds a number engraved into the table next to her. This clue begins a series of events that leads her friends to start questioning Katie's sanity. The investigation continues, leading to surprising facts about Katie's past and her relationship with Larkin.

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  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A thriller wrapped in heavy-duty gauze to muffle the chills.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A trite psychological thriller -- all buildup and no payoff, a mystery that essentially offers only two alternative solutions, which diminishes the element of surprise and strings ...

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Passably interesting psychological study of emotionally wounded characters until it commits dramatic suicide by showing its true colors as a tricked-up "Fatal Attraction" wannabe.

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