Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Abandon (Touchstone Movie)

“Abandon” is a psychological thriller film released in 2002, directed by Stephen Gaghan. The movie stars Katie Holmes as Katie Burke, a college student who is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend two years earlier.

The story revolves around Katie, a senior at an elite university, who is preparing for her upcoming job interviews. As her final year comes to a close, she is forced to confront her past when her ex-boyfriend, Embry Larkin (Charlie Hunnam), suddenly reappears on campus.

Embry’s return brings back painful memories for Katie, as she had moved on and believed him to be missing or dead. As she tries to cope with his reappearance, she also catches the attention of a detective, Wade Handler (Benjamin Bratt), who is investigating Embry’s disappearance.

As the film unfolds, it becomes increasingly unclear whether Embry is truly back or if Katie is experiencing some form of psychological trauma. The line between reality and imagination blurs, and the story takes unexpected twists as Katie’s emotional state begins to unravel.

“Abandon” is a moody and atmospheric thriller that keeps audiences guessing until the very end. Katie Holmes delivers a compelling performance as a woman struggling to reconcile her past and her fears for the future.

The film explores themes of obsession, identity, and the impact of unresolved past relationships on one’s present and future. As the narrative unfolds, the story delves into the complexities of memory and the fine line between truth and deception.

While “Abandon” received mixed reviews from critics and was not a commercial success, it has developed a cult following among fans of psychological thrillers. The film’s thought-provoking narrative and Katie Holmes’ strong portrayal contribute to its appeal as a touchstone for viewers who enjoy mind-bending and emotionally intense thrillers.

Additional Details


  • Katie Holmes: Katie Burke
  • Benjamin Bratt: Wade Handler
  • Charlie Hunnam: Embry Larkin
  • Zooey Deschanel: Samantha Harper
  • Fred Ward: Lieutenant Bill Stayton
  • Mark Feuerstein: Robert Hanson
  • Melanie Lynskey: Mousy Julie
  • Philip Bosco: Professor Jergensen
  • Gabriel Mann: Harrison Hobart
  • Will McCormack: August
  • Gabrielle Union: Amanda Luttrell
  • Tony Goldwyn: Dr. David Schaffer


  • Director: Stephen Gaghan
  • Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Lynda Obst and Edward Zwick
  • Writer: Stephen Gaghan

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