The Abandoned (2015) -Review

On a random Monday night, I came across the 2015 film The Abandoned while browsing Netflix.  I got super excited when I saw that it was an IFC Midnight movie. Usually, IFC films are different from the norm and very thought-provoking. So, I grabbed some snacks and settled into my favorite chair, hoping I had stumbled onto a great horror flick. Was The Abandoned up to par with other IFC films though?

Directed by Eytan Rockaway and written by Ido Fluk, The Abandoned launches us into the life of Streak, played by Louisa Krause. In the opening scene, she is on her way to her first night as a security guard in an old, rotting building. This is a last-ditch effort to get her life in order. You see, Streak has a history of mental illness but takes medication to keep it at bay. When she gets to work, she meets the rude and crude Cooper (Jason Patric), who is the only other security guard that works there. It doesn’t take long for Streak to realize that something terrifying is lurking in the building. She struggles with the notion that it may all be in her head. With everything on the line, it becomes a challenge to figure out what is real and what is not.

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The only thing I liked about The Abandoned was the ending – I just didn’t find the rest of the film interesting. Have you ever been stuck at a train? It’s criminally drawn out and boring, but we know we won’t be stuck at that train forever, right? That’s how I would describe my experience with this movie. I waited and hoped for something to happen but my wish was not granted until the twist at the end was revealed. It’s kind of like when that last train passes and you think to yourself, “Yes! I finally get to go!” Even though the ending was quite good, the long journey to get there was not. I almost feel like it wasn’t worth the wait.

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Some of you may recognize Jason Patric from The Lost Boys, which is one of my favorite vampire movies. As I mentioned before, he plays Cooper, the cranky security guard who has been doing his job for too long. I would have to say I enjoyed his performance the most. There will always be people we meet in life with whom we do not get along. Sometimes that’s due to hidden circumstances while other times it may be due to a lack of connection. Patric transformed Cooper into someone we were supposed to dislike. Then, we are shown a different side to him which helps us understand his behavior. He was also pretty funny as I found myself chuckling at him. Louisa Krause did a good job as well but I didn’t find anything memorable about her performance. I think she may thrive in different roles because I do see potential in her.

Final Thoughts:

The Abandoned would definitely be filed in the psychological horror genre. Personally, I think movies are very capable of scaring us without serial killers, ghosts, and vampires. However, I didn’t find this movie scary at all. There were a few jump scares here and there, but nothing that left me with nightmares. Overall, the ending did bring the whole picture together, allowing me to finally understand the rest of the film. Sadly, I don’t feel this would be one I would want to add to my collection. The pacing was too slow for my liking – I prefer to be completely immersed in movies. In comparison to other IFC films, The Abandoned falls short. However, my love for IFC will continue to prevail.

About Nikki777

Nikki has always been a fan of all things horror. At the ripe age of four, she became an instant Freddy Kreuger fan and the rest is history. She has aspirations of writing a horror novel someday so writing horror articles is right up her alley! She currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her boyfriend and two dogs.

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