The Gift

The Gift

Joel Edgerton (2015)

108min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A throwback to such yuppie stalker nightmares as Fatal Attraction and Unlawful Entry, this sneaky revenge thriller revolving around shameful past misdeeds is a notable debut as a feature director for actor Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby). Recently relocated to Hollywood, young marrieds Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall "accidentally" bump into one of his old school acquaintances (Edgerton). Soon Edgerton is perpetually on their doorstep bearing gifts until it becomes clear he's after closure for something awful Bateman swears he can't remember. But when Hall learns the nasty truth, it changes all their lives for ever. Edgerton moves his keeps-you-guessing mystery along with finely crafted momentum, cleverly manipulating its genre trappings to create a real sense of creepy unease - and a couple of terrific scares - while providing undertones of serious social drama to make the simmering suspense pop. Hall is perfect as the moral compass in this dark, intense and slow-burning twister.

Summary

A man has a chance encounter with an old schoolfriend whom he does not remember. A series of troubling further meetings and mysterious presents bring dark secrets to light and leave his wife concerned about how little she knows about his past. Thriller, starring Rebecca Hall, Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton, who also directed.

Cast & Crew

Robyn Rebecca Hall
Simon Jason Bateman
Gordo Joel Edgerton
Lucy Allison Tolman
Kevin Keelor Tim Griffin
Duffy Busy Philipps
Ron Adam Lazarre-White
Det Walker Beau Knapp
Director Joel Edgerton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Aug 2015
Drama