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The Gift
Not every gift is welcome.

The Gift

21 Aug, 2015
1 hrs 48 mins
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Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is perfect, until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon`s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn`t recognize Gordo at first, 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 question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
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Actor Joel Edgerton makes a confident directorial debut with this enjoyably old-school, compellingly nasty home invasion thriller. ...Read full review
One of the moments men to watch is Australian actor Joel Edgerton. After writing last years Ozpocalypse thriller The Rover, he writes and stars in this feature-directing debut. Its a production of chiller specialists Blumhouse (Insidious), and the ads, with their slogan Dare you open?, suggest something routinely creepy. (What could be in that gift-wrapped package? Dead kittens? A spare limb of the Human Centipede?) ...Read full review
In "The Gift," written and directed by actor Joel Edgerton, Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife (Rebecca Hall) have an awkward reunion dinner with a guy Simon knew from high school, a guy named Gordon (nicknamed "Gordo", played by Edgerton). After it`s over, Simon turns to his wife and says, "Did he seem odd to you?" Well, yes. He did. And he gets odder. The odd-ness is hard to define. Is it the flat look in his eyes? Is it the mystery around why he keeps showing up, why he leaves wrapped gifts at the door, why he even wants to strike up a friendship at all, when Simon seems to barely remember the guy? What`s Gordo up to? What does he want? One of the intense and disturbing pleasures of "The Gift," why the film creates such a sense of unease, is that the answers to those questions are just the tip of the iceberg. ...Read full review