“The Gift”- Review:

Can bygones be bygones after all these years? Jason Bateman plays Simon, who is moving to California with his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) when Simon encounters someone from his past, Gordo (Joel Edgerton). After meeting Simon and Robyn, Gordo starts leaving gifts for them at their door. Things begin to escalate from there.

This is Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, and man does he deliver. He really is the star of this movie, just as much in front of the camera as behind it. The suspense and tension he creates here is really uneasy and unsettling. The shots that he captures are very disturbing, disturbing in the sense of you really don’t know what is going to be around the next corner.

Edgerton really brought it in front of the camera too, you really are deeply creeped out by him and his portrayal of Gordo.
You know something is off with him the moment he comes on screen. As the film progresses you become actively on edge whenever his name is mentioned or he is seen. That was the beauty of it, even when Gordo wasn’t around, you really felt his presence.

Jason Bateman delivers his greatest performance as Simon. He really played up the fact that he was hiding something, and that there was a history between Gordo and himself, but you can see him really holding that back. His chemistry with Rebecca Hall was great and I bought into their relationship, but you always could feel that something was off, and that there was more to what was happening than what we were actually seeing.

Rebecca Hall is great as the wife here. She isn’t a cookie cutter, worry wort type, Robyn just wants answers to logical questions that the audience would be asking as well.

This movie is like an onion, as you peel back more and more you start to uncover the heft of what’s happening. I don’t want to spoil it but you’ll be very taken aback by the motives and the driving forces here.

The only problem I truly had with the movie is that, throughout they talk about something happening to Gordo, but you never really see what happened, it’s mentioned in passing, but never concrete, here’s what happened to him. Never by Gordo or by Simon. That was my only gripe with the movie.

I was on the edge of my seat and unsettled throughout, this movie is something you muse see this summer, don’t let it slip through the cracks.


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