Abandon (2002)

STEPHEN GAGHAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB

USA/Australia, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Lynda Obst Productions, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Munich Film Partners New Century & Company (MFP) HAM Productions, The Bedford Falls Company.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

From among the pool of films aimed at teen audiences, this dark thriller rests comfortably above the average. It stars KittyKat Holmes as a cute, warm and fuzzy college student who gets excellent grades and is working very hard to get herself a job in the posh world of high finance. A policeman (Benjamin Bratt) shows up on campus to investigate the whereabouts of her pretentious artsy boyfriend (Charlie Hunnam from the original British Queer As Folk), who disappeared from school almost a year earlier and hasn’t touched his bank account in that time. As soon as Bratt’s investigation starts to get heated up, Holmes starts to think that she’s seeing Hunnam around, suspecting that he may coming back for her with diabolical purposes in mind. A sweet twist in the end ups the ante of fun in this involving, well-acted mystery, written and directed by Academy Award winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic).

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