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Abandon''Traffic'' screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's directorial debut will never be mistaken for an award winner. Bratt plays an obligatorily alcoholic detective...AbandonMystery and ThrillerPT99MPG-13''Traffic'' screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's directorial debut will never be mistaken for an award winner. Bratt plays an obligatorily alcoholic detective...2003-03-21Zooey DeschanelMelanie LynskeyGabrielle UnionZooey Deschanel, Melanie Lynskey, Gabrielle UnionParamount Pictures

Abandon

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Benjamin Bratt, Katie Holmes, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel, Melanie Lynskey, Gabrielle Union; Director: Stephen Gaghan; Author: Stephen Gaghan; Release Date Wide: 10/18/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 99; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

”Traffic” screenwriter Stephen Gaghan’s directorial debut will never be mistaken for an award winner. Bratt plays an obligatorily alcoholic detective who becomes obsessed with an overachieving, intense college senior (Holmes) after he starts poking into the mysterious disappearance of her former boyfriend. Despite some occasionally sharp dialogue and a fierce performance from Holmes, there’s little suspense to be found among all the predictability. Abandon all hope, ye who press play.

Originally posted March 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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