A-Z Movie Reviews: Abandon

Welcome to A-Z Movie Reviews.  Every Sunday, for the next several months, I will be posting a review of a film in my home movie collection.  How it works is, I will be reviewing movies in alphabetical order until I get to the letter Z (Yes, I do have a film that ends in Z).  Now I realize there are many ways to alphabetize a film collection but this is mine so don’t judge me.  This is simply for fun. 


It’s been awhile since I watched Abandon so I forgot how it ended but I did remember the plot.  In Abandon, Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek) stars as Katie a success-driven college student.  While she’s focusing on her studies and trying to complete her, she is being haunted by the disappearance of her former boyfriend Embry played by a young and super handsome Charlie Hunnam. (Sons Of Anarchy)

Abandon (2002)
IMDb

Embry has been missing for 2 years and it appears he just up and left.  Because he had 2 unused plane tickets to Athens Greece, and his financial assets have not been touched, it raises suspicion.  To find out what happened to Embry, Detective Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt) is assigned to solve the case.

Abandon (2002)
IMDb

Detective Handler reaches out to Katie to get some clarity as to what may have happened to Embry.  He tells Katie that he believes Embry is actually dead.  Katie doesn’t believe Embry is dead and informs Detective Handler she has seen him around town a few times and he is stalking her.  

Each time Katie has a run-in with Embry, he is overly aggressive and tells her he won’t let her go and no matter where she runs he will always be there.  Katie turns to Detective Handler for comfort and he gladly obliges.  They start to spend more time together and get into a relationship.  Once Handler realizes Embry is alive, he deems the missing persons case closed and resigns from the police force.  He then makes plans to go away with Katie to New Hampshire.

Before he leaves the office, one of the forensic experts presents him with some information that indicates that there is something more going on and he starts to wonder if he can trust Katie.  I’ll stop there because you need to watch the movie to find out the rest.

Abandon is a psychological thriller that is a bit slow at times but the plot is enough to keep you interested.

Abandon is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and can also be streamed for free on Tubi

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