The premise of losing someone in a Hospital doesn’t sound all that spooky on the best of days but make that a Hospital on the verge of shutting down and hence being dark and empty for the most part and you’ve got my attention. I was a little annoyed by the video camera play up they leaned heavily upon in the beginning, that whole “someone sinister is watching you” vibe has been beaten to death, so instead of instilling an air of creepiness it just started to make me angry instead. That said, the mood was dark enough, especially for me as I can’t stand Hospitals.
From a character and story perspective this film takes a page out of other great thrillers like GOTHIKA and FLIGHTPLAN. This is certainly one of those types of films that I can’t say much about plot wise as I don’t want to ruin anything but I will say that looking beyond the character setup (there wouldn’t have been many other ways to pull this off other than how it was done), I still found that some of the characters’ actions were questionable. Mainly, we have the Hospital security guard whose attitude and bullying were so ridiculously over the top that I couldn’t understand why the cop didn’t just punch him in the face or at the very least say something about it. Also, if something of this nature were to happen in a place with that many cameras you’d hope to God they’d be able to do more than they did about it.
ABANDONED was a fun thriller if you enjoy Brittany Murphy’s work and as straight to DVD titles go, this was certainly entertaining and worth a look. There’s a reason we don’t see Dean Cain in many films and that reason is because he’s a terrible actor, so don’t expect much from LOIS AND CLARK’s male lead. I was particularly fond of the ending and how it all came together (sorry, I can’t say anymore without spoiling anything but suffice to say you’ll understand when you see it). I’m happy to say Brit went out on a positive note here, may she rest in peace.