The Gift: Movie Review

"The Gift", surprisingly, turns out to be a top-notch psychological thriller from the the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton. The film will not only play with your deepest senses but with the inner works of your mind too. Disturbingly and frighteningly psychological through and through, the film will leave you guessing what's the heck is actually going on. The only slight disappointment with "The Gift" is that it botches its twist ending in a very peculiar and sordid way.

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school that sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well does she really know the people closest to her, and are bygones ever really bygones?

What makes "The Gift" an astounding and chilling experience is the tense atmosphere it builds up and the compounding and constant sense of dread throughout the film's run time. Edgerton is able to encapsulate what a prime example of a psychological thriller is with interesting characters and even more interesting back stories that start to unravel slowly as the film progresses. Eventually, the film tumbles you with thought-provoking yet sleight of hand twists and turns that not only shatter your expectations but muddle its character's morality even further. Let's just say that we couldn't really predict what's going to happen next. "The Gift" had only one mistake and it was the revelation of what the ultimate "gift" was. Probably Edgerton wanted something shocking, controversial even but it was also a move that shatters any possibility of having a protagonist we could grab hold onto. Plus, the film did end suddenly so that's that. But it isn't a make or break folly since "The Gift" will grab a hold of your attention almost the whole way through.
Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- psychological and thrilling, the film will leave you guessing from start to finish

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the twist ending shatters any build up you had for the film

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