The Gift (2015)HD Closed Captioning SDH
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About the Movie
Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, and Rebecca Hall star in a chilling psychological thriller that asks the question, "Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?" Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon's high school acquaintance sends their world into a tailspin. At first Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Edgerton), but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to contemplate: how well do we really know those closest to us, and are bygones ever really bygones?
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 160
- Fresh: 148
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Edgerton seems to have pulled "The Gift" right out of a time capsule from 1992.
Fresh: Just when we think we know where The Gift is going, we're surprised. And then surprised again.
Fresh: Clever and atmospheric, the film has enough twists to keep the average viewer guessing.
Fresh: Edgerton's touch as a director and writer is fluid - he eerily holds our attention, like Hitchcock holds a door for Tippi Hedren.
One of the best feelings you can have while sitting in a movie theater, having chosen something you weren’t necessarily looking forward to, is to have your expectations greatly exceeded. This was the sort of situation I was in with “The Gift”. By no means was I anxiously awaiting its release, nor did I expect to enjoy it all that much as I paid and took my seat. But low and behold, I was thoroughly entertained and thrilled for the extent of its runtime. Once the first eerie frames flashed onto the screen and I got a glimpse of the kind-of experience I might have, I was in.
In a sense, the film seems almost plucked out of the 90s. It’s one of those well-executed thrillers that you might expect would star someone like Michael Douglas in his prime. It focuses on a newly-married couple who, after an encounter with an old high school ‘buddy’ of the husband’s, begin receiving mysterious gifts and run-ins with this same peculiar man. Simon and Robyn (played by Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall) - the pair in question - try their best to handle the bizarre events as they begin to get weirder and weirder. But as the film unfolds, and the truth comes out, these strange occurrences take on a whole new meaning.
It’s definitely one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen all summer, and the performances are downright fantastic. Joel Edgerton, who also wrote and directed the film, gets some massive screen-time of his own as the mystifying acquaintance that shakes everything up. It’s a wonder that he’s able to be so present and immersed in this character while also seeing that his own material is fully realized on-screen. He’s created a movie that will get inside the viewer’s head and, in my case, even make them jump out of their seat a few times. It’s one of those extremely satisfying movie experiences that sneaks up on you, proving that a compelling story is really all you need to make an engrossing film.
i love the movie it left me standing. i hope and pray that there will be a second one!! i could watch it over and over and still be in suspense! The actors were great!😍
While this was a well executed film and while it kept me engaged the whole time, I was left very disappointed at the end. The ending was painfully unsatisfying. I feel like a lot of movies are like that these days - ending on a cliffhanger. It also was not scary enough. It was simply depressing. I also found it hard to sympathize with either of the main characters due to their major personality flaws, which was frustrating.