ABC Film Challenge – Horror – A – The Abandoned (2006) Movie Thoughts


Director: Nacho Cerda

Writer: Karim Hussain, Nacho Cerda, Richard Stanley (Screenplay)

Starring: Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden, Valentin Ganev, Paraskeva Djukelova, Carlos Reig-Plaza

Plot: An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Tagline – 40 years to learn the truth. 24 hours to survive it. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Abandoned starts when Marie Jones (Hille) returns to Russia to learn about her real mother, she ends up being taken to a remote location, where she ends up meeting Nicolai (Roden), as the two must learn to trust each other, while dealing with an unknown threat.

As the two learn more about the location, Marie needs to face a reality that Nicolai has started to adjust to, one which will see her questioning why she wanted to learn about her past.

Thoughts on The Abandoned

Final Thoughts The Abandoned is a horror film that sees a lady return to her birthplace in search of answers about what happened to her parents, only to find herself needing to battle against an unknown threat that has been waiting for her. This is a story that gets into the confusing, while not being confusing states, because it puts nearly everything right in our faces to explain, instead of letting us learn about the truth as we wait to see what happens. The performances in the movie are strong, with the unsettling nature of what is happening to Marie, while the scares come at us at a pace that doesn’t always hit as well as they could.

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