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Abandon

Abandon

Nothing drags down a thriller more than continual flashbacks, and that is one of the problems with Stephen Gaghan's (Oscar winner for Traffic screenplay) new film.

Starring big-eyed beauty Katie Holmes as Kate Burke, a college senior whose ex-boyfriend Embry (Charlie Hunnam) took off a couple of years before without so much as a proper good-bye.

Embry's a pretty boy who lives off a big trust fund left when his parents died.  It's not clear what he actually did, it seems that he putters around with whatever strikes his fancy at any time, including spending time with different women.

When his accountant discovers that Embry did not use a scheduled air ticket, or used any spending money from his bank account, for a significant period of time he contacts the police.  But the accountant doesn't appear overly concerned since two years have past since anyone has heard from Embry.

Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt) is a detective assigned to the case and he begins his investigation by questioning an unconcerned Kate and her classmates.

Without giving away too much, Kate does see Embry again, but because of lack of sleep, working non-stop on her overdue thesis and going to job interviews, we are not sure if the fleeting sightings are for real or just popping up in her head.

Holmes is a good actress, but needs a better script to showcase her work.  There is a scene as she's interviewing for a high powered job in which she just shines, it shows her ability.  Bratt, on the other hand, is just here for his hunk value, he stands around most of the time with a brooding look on his face.

A promising thriller is bogged down by a very slow pace and endless flashbacks.

 
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