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Joel Edgerton's The Gift makes you think it's a perfectly standard home invasion thriller à la Pacific Heights before pulling the rug out from under you and making you question if his character really is a dangerous creep or if something else is going on. It does this with a formulaic trailer, unnecessary jump scares and a first half that, to be frank, borders on the ordinary. But the film metatextually mirrors its core premise, that putting an idea into people's heads can have devastating consequences. And so the movie plays tricks on the audience as well. Makes sense. The other premise, if you will, is that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, but perhaps we're reading too much into the location. ;-) The three leads (Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton) all give strong, naturalistic performances, and once stuff starts happening, you're never too sure where it's going to go (or if you do, risk being wrong). Rises above the usual fare in this category.
As a big fan of Joel Edgerton I was looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. For me, this was one of those rare films that completely engrosses you and makes you forget you're just sitting in a cinema and watching a movie. I don't want to spoil anything about the plot so I'll just say that this is definitely worth checking out for any fans of tense, psychological horror/thrillers. It's also worth noting that Jason Bateman gives a particularly great performance here. I hope its not too long before we get to see Edgerton write and direct again.
Fuck me, he made his point
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