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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bland horror tries to address mental illness but stalls.

Movie PG-13 2022 102 minutes
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Despite a strong cast and some solid performances, this psychological horror/thriller isn't just confusing but also just plain bland, wheeling out all the old horror clichés without much enthusiasm. Abandoned seems to have made an attempt to weave the serious issue of postpartum depression into the fabric of the mystery, and that might have been interesting, but, unfortunately, it's all surface. And scenes of the couple attempting to deal with it in a real-world way -- Alex trying hard to understand Sara's feelings, but failing -- wind up in a stalemate. (Perhaps director Spencer Squire, who identifies as male, also had trouble understanding.)

Whatever the movie does achieve is undone by an ending that's not only confusing -- betraying certain information offered at the outset -- but also a cheat. Throughout the rest of Abandoned, screaming and banging sounds, figures dashing by in the foreground and background, and generic jump scares simply happen without much impact. They're all just too familiar. Roberts, Gallagher, and Shannon all seem game, and they do their best to emotionally tie things together, but the movie leaves them all ... abandoned.

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