Abandon

Abandon

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Director: Stephen Gaghan, Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam

Cast: Stephen Gaghan, Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam

     
 

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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),

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A surprisingly intelligent, effective thriller scripted and directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Traffic, Abandon provides erstwhile teen idol Katie Holmes with her most challenging role to date. The Dawson’s Creek star portrays Catherine Burke, a brilliant college student who’s on the fast track to corporate success. Having just aced a crucial interview with a prospective employer, she hunkers down to do some serious studying but is distracted by sudden, fleeting appearances of her ex-boyfriend, Embry Langan (Charlie Hunnam), who has been missing for over two years. Catherine, afraid that she is being stalked, seeks assistance from police detective Wade Mandler (Benjamin Bratt), who becomes infatuated with the overachieving campus beauty. Holmes invests her character with grace and charm, making the ambitious, intellectually gifted, emotionally distant young woman a more sympathetic figure. She, and such other cast members as Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, and Melanie Lynskey, benefit from Gaghan’s sure-footed direction and incisive scripting; his college students look, speak, and act in a manner more consistent with reality, and this attention to verisimilitude allows him to pull off an outlandish feat of narrative legerdemain without losing the audience. Abandon doesn’t rely on genre clichés, and for that reason it’s one of the most successful pictures of its kind that we’ve seen in many months -- as well as an impressive directorial debut for Gaghan. He supplies a commentary for the DVD, which also includes a "making of" documentary as well as numerous deleted and extended scenes.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929311927
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
35,855

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Director/Writer Stephen Gaghan and Cinematographer Matthew Libatique; A Look at the Dark Side-The Making of Abandon; Deleted and Extended Scenes with Director Commentary; Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katie Holmes Katie Burke
Benjamin Bratt Detective Wade Handler
Charlie Hunnam Embry Langan
Zooey Deschanel Samantha Harper
Gabriel Mann Harrison Hobart
Gabrielle Union Amanda Luttrell
Mark Feuerstein Robert Hanson
Melanie Lynskey Mousy Julie
Will McCormack August
Philip Bosco Professor Jergensen
Tony Goldwyn Dr. David Schaffer
Fred Ward Lt. Bill Stayton
Jack Warden Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Gaghan Director,Screenwriter
Gary Barber Producer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Pierre Blain Sound/Sound Designer
Shannon Burke Co-producer
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Hazanavicius Sound/Sound Designer
Elizabeth Joan Hooper Co-producer
Tony Lamberti Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Lynda Obst Producer
Pierre Perrault Art Director
Guy Pigeon Set Decoration/Design
Gideon Ponte Production Designer
Geoffrey G. Rubay Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Mark Warner Editor
Michael Williams Asst. Director
Edward Zwick Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Abandon
1. Chapter 1 [:34]
2. Chapter 2 [1:57]
3. Chapter 3 [6:23]
4. Chapter 4 [:05]
5. Chapter 5 [:52]
6. Chapter 6 [2:36]
7. Chapter 7 [1:57]
8. Chapter 8 [2:49]
9. Chapter 9 [:31]
10. Chapter 10 [2:22]
11. Chapter 11 [:55]
12. Chapter 12 [2:49]
13. Chapter 13 [2:12]
14. Chapter 14 [2:49]
15. Chapter 15 [:29]
16. Chapter 16 [1:18]
17. Chapter 17 [2:10]
18. Chapter 18 [1:08]
19. Chapter 19 [2:52]
20. Chapter 20 [3:13]
21. Chapter 21 [:26]
22. Chapter 22 [3:04]
23. Chapter 23 [1:28]
24. Chapter 24 [6:36]
25. Chapter 25 [:15]
26. Chapter 26 [4:14]
27. Chapter 27 [1:57]
28. Chapter 28 [4:00]
29. Chapter 29 [2:36]
30. Chapter 30 [3:32]
31. Chapter 31 [3:36]
32. Chapter 32 [:30]
33. Chapter 33 [1:48]
34. Chapter 34 [3:12]
35. Chapter 35 [2:33]
36. Chapter 36 [1:27]
37. Chapter 37 [3:39]
38. Chapter 38 [2:01]
39. Chapter 39 [2:02]
40. Chapter 40 [3:35]
41. Chapter 41 [5:39]

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Abandon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie SO much! I saw it 5 times in theater. One of the reasons that I liked it is because I'm Katie Holmes' BIGGEST FAN EVER!!! But it was really good.... just because it didn't do very well ''money-wise'' I think it is a completely awesome movie.