Earlier this week I was able to catch a screening of The Gift, a highly-anticipated thriller movie that I’ve been dying to see ever since I saw the first trailer!
The movie follows Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall), a married couple who seem to be living a great life as they move into a new home. It doesn’t take long for them to bump into Gordo (Joel Edgerton), an old high school acquaintance of Simon’s. The first encounter seems harmless, but when a series of uninvited visits and gifts on the doorstep start happening, things start to get tense. It’s obvious that something’s fishy about the situation, with Gordo’s over-the-top kindness.
Pretty soon, a secret from 20+ years ago is unveiled and both Robyn and Simon are forced to deal with it. Can bygones be bygones from the past? How well do we know the people closest to us?
I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll leave it at that in terms of plot. The movie wasn’t as thriller-y as I was expecting (in terms of scare-factor), and ended up being more psychological than anything. Not to mention, there’s a pretty interesting cliff hanger at the end – I hope there will be a sequel for clarification… I need closure on it! If you see the film, let me know what you think – Gordo or Simon.
Will you be seeing The Gift this weekend?