By: Cole Weinstein
“The Gift” is a film that really came out of nowhere. In reality most movies aren’t the 300 million dollar Marvel blockbusters we have all come to love during the summer movie season. “The Gift” is a suspense thriller about married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall). They are moving back to Simon’s hometown of Los Angeles for a fresh start. One day, they encounter Simon’s old high school classmate Gordon (Joel Edgerton), nicknamed Gordo the weirdo, from back in high school. Soon after, Gordo begins to send them odd gifts and the unwanted past is reopened. What ensues is a suspense thriller that is one of the biggest surprises of the year.
All of the performances were superb, especially Jason Bateman, who always seems to be a mixed bag in his movie choices and often plays the same characters. But in this film he decided to put drama on for a try and nails it with his nuanced performance. Rebecca Hall also gives a really solid performance. In my opinion, she has always been underrated. She has given really great performances in every movie I have seen her in, and I would encourage others to check out her previous films.
Joel Edgerton is outstanding in this film. He is, like all of the actors, very subtle in his performance and is also able to ride the fine line of not becoming a caricature. He also wrote and directed the film, which is very impressive for someone who has so few writing and directing credits.
As far as issues go, I really only have one and it’s that the movie is a little slow at times, which is fine for me, but it makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour and 48 minute runtime.
Overall, this is a great movie and I would recommend it to everyone because great stories like this only come around a few times a year. My only warning: this movie is very suspenseful and has some dark subject matter which may upset some people. But, don’t let me dissuade you, this movie is amazing and deserves so much more than it has made. Be sure to see it.
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