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Abandon (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Mystery | 18 October 2002 (USA)
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A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two-year... See full summary »

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... Katie Burke
... Wade Handler
... Embry Larkin
... Samantha Harper
... Lieutenant Bill Stayton
... Robert Hanson
... Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
... Professor Jergensen
... Harrison Hobart
... August
... Amanda Luttrell
Greg Kramer ... Andre
Gillian Ferrabee ... Susan
Barry Julien ... Ted
... Dr. David Schaffer
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A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two-year, unexplained absence. Written by Lane Shadgett

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Watch who you leave behind.


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Rated PG-13 for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,064,077, 20 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,727,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,302,219
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Writer/director Stephen Gaghan marked his directorial debut with this film. See more »

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After the cop talks to Katie and he drops her off, she has a conversation with Harrison and her hair repeatedly jumps about between shots. See more »

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Embry Larkin: [walking into the play audition] Okay, stop, stop! That was... appalling. Sopranos, this piece was written by monks who believed in God. They're singing not to other monks, but to God. They're singing to God about God. And you think I'm a tough audience.
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Written by X-Press 2 and lyrics by David Byrne (uncredited)
Performed by X-Press 2 featuring David Byrne
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"Take me with you"
15 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

"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. 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). The ending was great and left you in a state where you knew that there had to be a sequel.

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. 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. The film follows a very dark and ominous tone, everything done in dark color schemes, voice's low and images grainy, and that adds to the mystery bound to be unlocked. So, all in all, if you don't mind that the story develops very slowly, and that some things don't add up, then you might like this film!

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


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