Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a married couple whose life is going as planned until an encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's past sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognise Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered.
Excellent taut + gripping thriller about bullying and power
- The Gift review by PV
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This is a gripping thriller, superior to the usual Hollywood fare.
OK, so it starts with a coincidence and the bullying pity party is laid on a bit too think really, as is the wife's 'issues'. Also, a subplot with a competitor for a job does not really wash, and I kept on asking myself why the characters didn't do this or that to address the issue.
Anyhoo...this is a really watchable thriller that'll make you jump.
Like the best thrillers, it preys one of our greatest fears: that we never really know anyone - not really.
A genuinely surprising and brave ending too (though no doubt feminists will be outraged).
A gripping, insidious movie that builds tension throughout. It would be good to have a sequel to see if past sins can be atoned for. Only thing, why did Joel Edgerton have to sport such a bad 'syrup' and why wear a wig at all?!