I usually shy away from horror-thriller movies, especially B-Slasher ones. When I first heard about The Gift i thought that it was another horror movie with a cheesy title but as I started to read about the positive reviews and praises about the movie I was suddenly excited for it.
“The Gift” has been called the ‘surprise of the summer box office’, it has earned a 92% rating in Rotten Tomatoes and fellow movie aficionados abroad have highly recommended it.
Needless to say I had high expectations for the film and I’m happy to say that I was not dissapointed.
The Gift starts with a simple enough premise, a young couple move into a beautiful new home and while shopping for home decor Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) run into an old friend of Simon’s from High School.
Joel Edgerton who also wrote the story, was producer on the film and a first time Director plays the ‘socially awkward’ Gordo. Simple enough story right? It can happen to me and you and what seems to be a simple enough plot blossoms into a dark, sinister revenge story.
Audiences’s prejudices will be challenged as they will meet controversial characters who don’t really fit into the traditional protagonist & antagonist roles.
Not lacking in it’s own heart-stopping, surprise moments, you will surely miss out if you don’t watch The Gift. It’s a dark revenge story without monsters and killers but just ordinary people like you and me who still manage to destroy lives and sometimes that is even much more frightening.
The ending is so surprising & unexpected that will feel as though a rug was pulled from under you and as you lay on the floor shocked and surprised, you will realize true horror for what it really is. A psychological thriller that will have you thinking about the movie long after the movie has ended.
The Gift is a must see movie for those who are looking more than the ordinary movie experience, I’ve seen the movie about a week ago and I’m still bothered about it. 9 out of 10.
The Gift opens on August 19 in local cinemas and is distributed by OctoArts Films International.