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A young woman is faced with the disturbing reemergence of a man she once loved in this psychological thriller. Embry Langan (Charlie Hunnam) was a wealthy but reckless student at an exclusive private college until he mysteriously vanished, with airline tickets to Europe left unused and plenty of money still in the bank. Two years later, Katie Burke (Katie Holmes), Embry's girlfriend, is still dealing with his disappearance as she goes into the home stretch of her college career. With exams, a thesis, and job interviews to think about, Katie is already walking an emotional tightrope when Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt), a police detective, enters the picture. Handler, a recovering alcoholic, has been ordered to reopen the Langan case, and as he questions Katie about the missing man, she finds her obsession with her former beau taking over her life, which leaves her all the more unnerved when she begins seeing Embry around the campus. Meanwhile, Handler's investigation begins to suggest Langan's disappearance may have been more sinister than imagined, and could be connected with other cases of missing students. Abandon marked the directorial debut for screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for his script for Traffic.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 110
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 92
- Average Rating: 4.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: It's a bad sign in a thriller when you instantly know whodunit.
Rotten: Pic's structure and last-minute disclosures entirely betray any personal investment the viewer has made in this low-key yarn, which will cause audiences to feel ambushed and sullied at fadeout.
Rotten: A highly schizophrenic movie that clearly wants to explore the lives of university students under stress their senior year but is forced to do so within a thriller format that requires spooky moments and malevolent ghosts.
Rotten: Hardly a nuanced portrait of a young woman's breakdown, the film nevertheless works up a few scares.
It's good - the reviews are unfair
This is an intriguing movie; it's entertaining the whole way through, there's good acting and a decent soundtrack. The people who claim it's predictable are just trying to sound smart, and they are wholly incorrect. It's not predictable. In fact, it's kind of surprising. The screenwriter is a talented dude, and though the film may not be Oscar material, it's totally worth your $3 to rent. And as a closing point of advice, never unconditionally accept the critical opinions of those who can't spell or construct a grammatically correct sentence.
The Plot Was Distorted, But...
This film needs to be seen sometime because Katie Holmes is a good actress. Yeah, she made this lame excuse for a film, but it needs to be seen because of Katie Holmes!
I Love This Movie!
This movie is very good I recomend it! Katie and Ben are fantastic and there is a plus, Charlie is super sexy!