“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 is the directorial debut of Joel Egerton (he wrote this too), and he really did a great job in the directing department. All his camera work is slow and deliberate, that builds a really deep dark sense of tension and intrigue. This movie also stars Jason Bateman is a really master class of dramatic acting coming from a predominantly comedic actor. That same subdued and under played directing gives the acting a real chance to shine here also, and it really is a actor and character driven story. This film is full of tension, but tension that really builds up to the point where when it snaps, it realllyyyyy snaps. The story movies very slowly, but it needs to, it needs to build this suspense, and build this pondering. As far as thrillers go also, and this movie IS a thriller. I actually can’t remember the last time i saw a thriller in cinemas that made the audience actually gasp and jump. It definitely is a small movie, especially if you compare it to the likes of a Gone Girl or films like that, but i feel that smallness just ads to the sense of almost claustrophobia this movie will give you.
Review Score : 8.5 out of 10