The Gift is, on the surface, a film in which a pleasant, upwardly mobile couple is terrorised by a creepy stalker, and from the early scenes expectations are that it will turn into a high-tension thriller. It’s tense all right, but Edgerton gradually confounds expectations and transforms the premise into a creepy psychological drama that is head and shoulders above the average medium-budget Hollywood thriller in terms of intelligence.
The couple, Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) move from Chicago to Los Angeles, where Simon is to start an important job with a cyber security firm carrying with it prospects of serious advancement. They move into a beautiful house in the and look forward to a new life that will involve raising a family.
Once while out shopping for their new home, they encounter Gordon (Joel Edgerton), who went to school with Simon years. Though Gordon (Gordo The Weirdo, as Simon calls him) seems a little strange, the reunion seems to be positive for both men — until Gordo starts turning up at the house bearing gifts, usually when Simon is at work, and shows no intention of leaving before he’s invited to dinner. Simon thinks Gordo (known at school as “Weirdo”, he reveals) is fixated by Robyn, and decides they must end the “friendship”, especially when Gordo invites them to dinner at a house that proves not to be his.What follows is a refreshingly unexpected turn of events as Simon’s own character and past come under scrutiny. Robyn succeeds in becoming pregnant, and the couple’s new life is transformed into a nightmare. The ways in which Edgerton gradually shifts attention from the creepy Gordo to the seemingly charming and ‘‘ordinary’’ Simon are very skilful, and the three central performances are extremely good, with Hall especially effective as the increasingly distraught Robyn.This is a thriller that, though it contains a couple of precisely timed and very jolting shock moments, completely avoids the level of violence common to most films of this type — and it’s all the better for it. This may make it more of a commercial challenge because audiences expecting a simple suspense thriller are likely to go home disappointed.Instead, Edgerton has made a film that’s much more interesting than it may sound, and his skills as writer-director are obvious for all to see. He’s also successful in creating flesh-and-blood characters from the minor characters in the drama — the couple’s sympathetic neighbour, Simon’s boss, the inevitable cops. The Gift is by any standard, an accomplished directorial debut and suggests that Edgerton may, if given the right opportunities, have an interesting career behind the camera ahead of him.
Meanwhile, you can get a copy of The Gift 2015 on demand on Amazon.com
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My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
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