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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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The Gift is a tense, unsettling and expertly crafted psychological thriller that keeps the audience consistently on edge. [Full review in Japanese]
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.
Edgerton's talent as an actor has been evident for a while, but The Gift announces him as a genuine triple threat.
The Gift chillingly illustrates what happens when fate reunites a class bully (Jason Bateman) with his prize victim, Gordo (Edgerton).
Clever and atmospheric, the film has enough twists to keep the average viewer guessing.
Officially, this is a blank-from-hell movie. But Edgerton has remixed the formula.
This is as solid a debut as a director could hope for, and I eagerly anticipate what Edgerton will cook up next.
[Joel Edgerton's] crafted a masterful thriller and sleeper hit in The Gift.
Along the lines of the crazy sick twist in Old Boy, prepare for a wicked ending that will haunt your mind.
A really strange release. I really liked it, but it's really strange.
The Gift is a sleeper film that will most likely fly under the radar for a lot of moviegoers, but it is well worth the time to give it a watch.
However, the crafty Joel Edgerton provides the mind-bending goods in the refreshingly titillating The Gift, an edge-of-your-seat chiller that definitely is worth unwrapping with nervous anticipation.
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.
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.
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
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.
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