31 Days of Horror: Abandon (PG-13; 2002; 99 min)


So Katie Holmes has finally gotten on with her life after the crazy guy she was with – oh, wait, you thought I was talking about Tom Cruise, didn’t you? No, this is pre-KOM or TATIE or whatever they were called together. This is way back in 2002, when Katie was still in grade school maybe, she looks so very young and shapeless. But Katie -now this is the Katie in the movie – is actually a senior at an elite college, working on finishing her thesis, with romance novel- named boys and men all around her falling at her feet. Of course this includes Harrison Hobart, a longtime friend hoping desperately to leave the friend zone, plus the hot detective Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt), who has been assigned to verify the still missing-ness of Katie’s boyfriend Embry Larkin (played by the also impossibly-young Charlie Hunnam), who up and vanished two years ago without so much as a goodbye.

But wait. Suddenly Embry reappears in the soon-to-be-demolished dorm where they lived, wanting to pick up right where the two left off. You know – in B-E-D. And Katie is rightfully pissed at first, then just scared at his erratic behavior and veiled threats. Then Harrison goes missing. Hmm. Coincidence? And when Katie finally confides in Handler that Embry has returned, and Handler decides to finally be a detective and not just her boy toy, the cat and mouse game truly begins.

  • Top Scare: Benjamin Bratt kissing Katie Holmes (was she even legal?)
  • Heartbeats: 1 1/2 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 1 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 2 1/4 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 13 and up

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