Rebecca Hall is a terrific actress; she gives far and away the best performance in "The Gift," a domestic thriller in which she is ostensibly the protagonist. That is until the end of the film when you realize the screenplay has reduced her character to little more than a pawn in a sadistic game between a sociopathic bully and his victim-turned-bully. The effect this late reversal has is, in a word, gross.
Edgerton is utterly convincing here as Gordo the disturbed friend from the past in this creepy psychological thriller and the film had me engrossed from start to finish. The writing too is improving from script to script and I look forward to seeing his next directorial foray. 3.5 stars
In an age where most movies need to become more and more spectacular, what a pleasure to see a simple little film, carried by 3 strong actors and a really good script. And the ending is absolutely brilliant. "See what happens when you poison people's minds with an idea?"
A solid little thriller and a promising debut from Joel Edgerton. In its best moments, it reminded me of the delicious, low-key domestic pot boilers of Claude Chabrol but without the truly incisive bite. Edgerton cannily modulates the subjectivity of the film throughout, but shifts focus away from the Hitchcockian theme of the dark underbelly of domestic tranquility in the end.
i hate the ending of this so much; to use the possible rape of an uninvolved woman as a Clever Plot Twist really left a bad taste in my mouth. if it had been just that gordo taught the couple about who they really are, it would have been a much more powerful film
I am almost always a fan of American movies that make utterly objectionable the kind of Americans that all good Americans are led to believe they are supposed to be. Cheers: the central couple disgusts me in a way that (all too easily) pleases me. The problem is in the plot mechanics and the flat thud of the resolution. These people are definitely of our world, but what happens to them is a little too 'movie.'