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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Critic Reviews for The Gift

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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…

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  • Jan 29, 2018
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2017
    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.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2016
    Wow, this movie really suprised me. Such a smart thriller with interesting twists. Well acted and well directed. A must see.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2016
    Engaging and smartly written. The gift offers suspense and mystery to entertain all who watch it.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer

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