The Gift

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The Gift is wickedly smart and playfully subversive, challenging the audience's expectations while leaving them leaning on the edges of their seats.



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Simon and Robyn 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 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? (C) Styx

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The Gift is a tense, unsettling and expertly crafted psychological thriller that keeps the audience consistently on edge. [Full review in Japanese]

Dec 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a concept that's more often the basis of arrested development comedies about late bloomers who finally come into their own, but there's nothing funny about how the past looms over the adults that Gordo and Simon have become.

Nov 10, 2015

Edgerton's talent as an actor has been evident for a while, but The Gift announces him as a genuine triple threat.

Aug 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Gift chillingly illustrates what happens when fate reunites a class bully (Jason Bateman) with his prize victim, Gordo (Edgerton).

Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Clever and atmospheric, the film has enough twists to keep the average viewer guessing.

Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Officially, this is a blank-from-hell movie. But Edgerton has remixed the formula.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Gift

While you gotta appreciate this psychological thriller playing with expectations about how such stories usually play out, it missed to take a few punches early on. The film stays fairly entertaining and is overall well done, but before the surprisingly evil ending there just isn't all that much getting your blood pumping. It doesn't help that when you think about the title, the twist is already right there in front of you.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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A highly enjoyable and creepy thriller. Certainly makes you question as to who is the real villain here! A uniquely and we'll executed plot.

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Film Crazy

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The Gift is devious and calculating with a twist that's inconceivable. The film is able to garner up enough suspense and a thorough story to make for a surprisingly suspenseful tale of past, present and future. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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I wish this "gift" came with a receipt so I could return it. Despite good-to-adequate acting and stylish cinematography, "The Gift" is so preposterously improbable and low on suspense, I don't think you'd get more satisfaction or thrills than watching Aunt Minnie unwrap her presents at her 90th birthday party.

Christian C
Christian C

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