Review: The Gift
No more massive windows.
Seriously. Does anything good ever happen to people who live in these nice houses with more floor to ceiling windows than actual concrete walls? No. Because it's creepy. I love a nice view as much as everyone else. I also like blinds.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) have recently moved from Chicago back to California, not far from where Simon grew up. He got a new job, she's recovering from depression after a miscarriage, this new start seems fitting. However right when they move back, they run into Gordo. (Joel Edgerton) Gordo is an awkward old classmate of Simon's that seems innocent enough at first, but he starts leaving random gifts on their door step and showing up with Simon isn't home. When they try to end things with Gordo, Robyn starts to realize that maybe there's a very good reason he's showing such an interest in them.
I first saw the trailer for this a couple of weeks ago, and I figured it would be a renter. Then I found out Edgerton wrote and directed it, and the Fantastic Four bombed, so I decided to make a go of it in the theaters. It ended up being a solid thriller. Sure, it relied on a few jump scares (one even got me) but overall I felt it had enough going for it that set it apart from the many films like this.
The casting is perfect. Bateman plays a good asshole, Hall always has a likable presence and Edgerton really brought the pain behind Gordo's eyes. The ending seems to be dividing people. I won't spoil it. There is a massive flaw in the logic of it, but you can't say it's one that you've seen 100 times before. It makes you feel really gross at first, then the more you think about it, you can't help but question it.
Memorable Quote: "Kids are honest." - Simon (Jason Bateman)