Actor Joel Edgerton debuts as a director with this under-rated gem of a thriller. The Gift stars Joel himself alongside a stellar cast comprising of Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. For those who haven’t seen the trailer, first have a look at it:
Synopsis: Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize 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 after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
Our Take: Joel Edgerton strikes the right chords in his debut outing as a director. The thrill elements are many with multiple twists throughout the movie to keep everyone at the edge of their seats. The pacing is taut and the mystery element is unnerving at times. The main thing about the film is that when the mysteries unfold finally, they have an underlying message too which will surely leave the audience satisfied.
The cinematography and the pacing is nerve-wrecking. However, its the perfect casting which takes the cake. Bateman and Hall play the troubled couple with panache. But its Joel Edgerton himself who takes up the challenging lead role and kills it with his strong potrayal. His direction is seasoned too which does remind you of the cult “Vengeance” trilogy of Korean master-director Park Chan-wook.
Three cheers for Joel Edgerton, the actor and especially the director. Will be eagerly waiting for his next directorial venture.
The film did well commercially too, making $60 million worldwide against a budget of $5 million.
Our Rating – 4/5