Joel Edgerton may never win an Oscar for work but deserves a lot of credit for the various roles he’s undertaken in his career. He’s one of those actors who star in a lot of films, puts everything into his characters, yet never gets recognized for his hard work. I was very impressed to see that The Gift was written and directed by him because he provided us with a movie you wouldn’t expect to see in theatres in 2015.
What didn’t I like?
The trailer had me excited with the idea this was going to be the best thriller of the year. It looked exceptionally scary, creepy, and very distributing. In the end this movie was only creepy and not that scary or distributing. It let me down at almost every corner. I’m also sorry to say that every time the creepy horror music plays, literally nothing happens when it ends. Talk about misleading us and raising our hopes for nothing!
Was The Gift a good story?
The Gift will end in a somewhat disappointing fashion, yet will make you walk out the theatre wondering did he do it or not. Some have tried to compare this film to Fatal Attraction but that would be the wrong kind of comparison. This is just another stalker movie with a few major plot twists thrown in to keep you guessing who the real bad guy is. The only other thing I can say is just when you think you have it all figured out you will be wrong.
Jason Bateman always plays a funny guy who is narrow-minded and very uptight. It was amazing to see him play a character with a dark side because all his other characters have begun to blend together.
Would I recommend it?
I’ve talked to a few friends who have watched The Gift since Friday and we kinda agree on the same things. The Gift is worth a watch and only when the credits hit will you know whether you really enjoyed the film or not. It can be a thrilling ride you didn’t expect or the same old stereotype stalker film. I’m stuck in the middle with his one because my expectations were so high.
my star rating: 5 out 10
imdb: 7.7 out 10 / metascore: 78/100 / rottentomatoes: 93% out 100%
roger ebert: 3 out 4 / richard crouse: 3.5 out 5