Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Mimi Rogers.
What's it about
A woman takes her boyfriend into the hospital for a routine surgery. She goes for lunch and returns to discover him missing, and no one seems to remember him ever being there. Is it a conspiracy, or is she just plain nuts?
Is it good movie?
I felt bad watching Abandoned. In case you donít know, itís Britney Murphyís last movie and not only is it not very good, but watching the recently departed act always makes me feel kinda funny. Especially in Murphyís case. Here, she looks rail thin and sickly. It appears as if she had about 12 spray tans too many and her lips look ready to burst. She looks like a lovely woman at the end of her rope. At the same time, sheís game for what everyone involved had to have known was a B movie. Her performance isnít a masterpiece or anything, but moments pop up here and there that remind why she got famous in the first place. However, I canít say the same for the surprising cast involved. By all accounts, this thing is filled with names Ė Dean Cain, Mimi Rogers, Peter Bogdanovich. Thatís a decent list even if none of them are still relevant, but it doesnít really matter. Peter plays the same character he played on the Sopranos. Cain, who I have a soft spot for, does a good job here for what he was given. Heís likeable even as the story progresses. And Rogers, well, I hardly recognized. I guess it had been too long since I watched her in anything.
The story starts with a good hook as the mystery of the missing hospital-bed-bound-boyfriend reminds a little of Hitchcock as Murphy plays the average Jane thrust into a nutty situation. But the Hitchcock tone doesnít last long as things quickly spiral out of control. We learn she has some mental problems, which remove a lot of the tension from the story. After all, if thereís a possibility that she really is nuts, why would we believe her wild claim of conspiracy that someone stole her man? Of course, the story spins and twists from there, but it really doesnít matter because things arenít that interesting. Itís not awful, but a little too much of been there, seen that.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.
Abandoned isnít terrible, but isnít great either. It will always be remembered for being Murphyís last movie. But Wagonís East was John Candyís last movie. And does anybody remember that?