***½/**** Image A Sound A Extras B
starring Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel
written and directed by Stephen Gaghan
DAWSON'S CREEK: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Image C+ Sound B- Extras B-
"Pilot," "Dance," "Kiss," "Discovery," "Hurricane," "Baby," "Detention," "Boyfriend," "Road Trip," "The Scare," "Double Date," "Beauty Contest," "Decisions"
by Bill Chambers Abandon is a damn good movie detested in some quarters because, he hypothesized, it's not very comforting, because it subverts the entrenched John Landis approach to depicting college life, and because it's determined to be meaningful within the framework of a supernatural potboiler. The film stars Katie Holmes, whose career has caught its second-wind with the near-simultaneous DVD releases of Abandon and the first season of "Dawson's Creek", in addition to the title role in 2003's Sundance favourite Pieces of April and upcoming appearances in Keith Gordon's The Singing Detective and the Joel Schumacher thriller Phone Booth. She's also seeing the end of her aforementioned TV series "Dawson's Creek", which sails into the sunset this May after five years on the air. It will leave her more time for movies, and with her remarkable taste in film projects (see also: The Gift, Go, and The Ice Storm), I'm anxious to see where that freedom takes her. Especially if it's anywhere near the territory of her poised work in Abandon.