The Gift (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
108 minutes /

User Score: 61/100

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The Gift Review


A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

The Gift (2015) is an Australian English mystery thriller movie that contains many mind blowing twists that leave one man regretting his past actions in high school. I thought upon seeing the trailer that the good parts of the movie were in the trailer, but I was so wrong. Director, producer and writer Joel Edgerton (Warrior (2011), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Thing (2011)) did an exceptionally amazing job bringing us this movie. Joel is an actor who has over 64 acting credits, and I applaud him for doing a phenomenal job directing his second full-length film and writing his first full-length movie. Joel also did a fabulous job playing the role of Gordo in The Gift. I usually frown upon directors who do too much in a film because it usually affects the movie from being something great, but that is not the case with Joel.

The Gift revolves around Simon (Jason Bateman - Horrible Bosses (2011), Arrested Development (2003), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009)) and his wife, Robyn. Simon and Robyn ( Rebecca Hall - The Prestige (2006), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), The Town (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013)) are assumed to be having a picture-perfect life. The couple moved to a suburban neighborhood in Los Angeles from Chicago after Simon found a new job. The couple ran into Simon’s high school classmate Gordon "Gordo" Moseley (Joel Edgerton) while shopping for household items. Gordo began visiting Robyn unannounced an awful lot when Simon is not at home and also sends her a lot of gifts. Gordo is nice to the family and Robyn decides to invite him in one day after one of his unannounced visits and gave him a tour of her home. After a few events and the end of Gordo’s friendship with the couple. Robyn returns home to find their dog missing and the Koi fish that Gordo gave her, dead. As if things were not weird, Robyn soon feels as though she is not the only one in her home while Simon is at work. She finds the kitchen taps on when it was originally off, hears noises in the house and after a few events, confides in Simon that she thinks Gordo is watching her. Robyn is hurt after her husband Simon does not believe her and thinks it is all in her head.

After a few more events, we see Robyn at her baby shower asking Simon’s sister about Gordo and received the truth. Simon and his high school best friend Greg caught an older student molesting Gordo in the parking lot which resulted, Gordo to be traumatized in school after Simon reported it. Robyn learned that Simon was a bully in high school and lied about seeing Gordo being molested after she began investigating and got in touch with Greg, who is now a chiropractor. Gordo’s father almost killed Gordo after believing that Gordo was gay. Robyn insisted that Simon apologize to Gordo for the past. Simon did, and Gordo told him "You may be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with you" which ended in Simon warning Gordo to stay away from his family. After a few more events, Robyn is not happy with Simon and decides not to go back home with him after their baby boy is born. Skip forward a lot and Simon is now guessing if the baby is his or if Gordo did rape his wife while she was unconscious.

The movie is amazing, and I will watch this movie again. It was made almost flawlessly with a few goofs but what movie does not contain goofs. The screenplay was ingenious, and I love how the storyline wraps around to show everything that the viewers might have questions too. High school student should watch this movie because it might change a few bullies mind into doing the right thing. I am so anticipating for director Joel to bring more entertaining mystery movies to the screen for my enjoyment. The ending of the film was unseen, and I do not think anyone could have guessed what Gordo has in mind for Simon and how far Gordo will go to destroy Simon.

About The Gift 2015

Title: The Gift
Original Title: Weirdo
Year: 2015
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 41 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 41
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall, Beau Knapp, Tim Griffin, David Denman, Nash Edgerton, Allison Tolman, Wendell Pierce, P.J. Byrne, Jason Bateman, Stacey Bender, Susan May Pratt, Felicity Price, Melinda Allen, Laura Drake Mancini, David Joseph Craig, Beth Crudele, Mirrah Foulkes, Jyothsna Venkatesh, DaNae West, Jyothi Venkatesh, Adam Lazarre-White, Busy Philipps, Katie Aselton
Writers: Joel Edgerton
Director: Joel Edgerton