The Gift is an ambitious one-point perspective narrative that is really a three-perspective one. I commend Edgerton's effort, but the odd shift towards the end is less-than-effective. Still, the trio of leading actors is extremely compelling, and Bateman once again shows how wonderfully machiavelic he can be. I look forward to Edgerton's next directorial effort.
A hateful, cold film about despicable people treating each other terribly. The most credit I can give it is that it was not predictable. I was surprised at some of the narrative twists and turns, but the overall feeling of the work is creepily cruel. I suppose plot mechanics will be enough for some, I was not invested in the characters or the story. Jason Bateman's callow jerk is beyond off putting and repugnant.
Atmosfere molto buone, che caratterizzano bene le scene e danno il giusto pathos. Narrazione scorrevole e lineare, ma interessante. Le svolte narrative sono gestite bene, anche se non tutte inaspettate. Calo eccessivo di ritmo nella parte centrale. Bella la parte finale, la quale tira bene le fila del racconto. Buona tecnica che costruisce un bell'intreccio, con personaggi riusciti. Belle ambientazioni ben sfruttate
One of the better Blumhouse productions in recent memory. THE GIFT greatly benefits from great performances by the three main leads - in particular Rebecca Hall who shines in every moment she graces the screen. Joel Edgerton proves himself a worthy director with vision, but not so much as a screenwriter. While there is a solid foundation and wonderfully spine to work off of, too many contrivances muddle this down.
It starts average, gains some compusture and then it downgrades until its plot twist that, ultimately, feels rushed and unsatisfying due to the uncertainty of its consequences. More important, it's that it's embarrassing to watch the unintentional but inevitable female protagonist (Rebecca Hall) being used as a mere vehicle to the cliffhanger.
A little bit too on the nose and long, but goddamnit if it wasn't chilling and fucked up enough for me to enjoy it. One of those films that just makes you feel really bad for everyone, heroes and villains. Joel Edgerton might just have a bright future behind the cameras.