This exceptional film flew under the radar for many moviegoers, but this expertly paced thriller is a must-see for any fans of carefully drawn characters and twisting unpredictable plotlines. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall are captivating as what at a glance seems like a perfectly normal couple looking to get a fresh start in their beautiful new home, but a bizarre chain of events begins to unfold when they cross paths with Gordon, played to perfection by Joel Edgerton (who also wrote and directed the film), the high school friend who never found the success seized by our supposed protagonists. What follows is a series of revelations, ploys, and reversals that left me in suspense throughout the film's brisk runtime. At under two hours, The Gift uses its time wisely, delving deep into the tumultuous past of the film's nuclear cast of characters without ever resorting to bland exposition, instead keeping our focus on the stakes on screen and the next chilling turn. Bateman deserves special mention here for tackling more serious material that may shock those more familiar with his comedic work. In short, The Gift is a beautiful film with an engrossing atmosphere, stellar performances, and sharp writing, that even at its slow pacing, delivers a first class story of suspense, betrayal, and revenge.
A married couple finds their lives spiraling out of control when a past acquaintance of the husband resurfaces and brings a horrifying secret to light.
Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, Wendell Pierce, Tim Griffin, Felicity Price, Joel Edgerton, Susan May Pratt, David Denman, P.J. Byrne, Busy Philipps, Nash Edgerton, Adam Lazarre-White, Melinda Allen, Rebecca Hall, Mirrah Foulkes, Katie Aselton, Beau Knapp, Allison Tolman, Stacey Bender, David Joseph Craig, Beth Crudele, Laura Drake Mancini, Jyothsna Venkatesh, Joel Edgerton