The Gift

Critics say director Joel Edgerton’s The Gift is wickedly smart and playfully subversive. On the evening I saw this film, the audience members seemed on the edges of their seats.  When the film begins, Robyn (Rebecca Hall) and Simon (Jason Bateman) set up household in Los Angeles to restart their lives. Soon after, they run into Simon’s high school classmate, Gordo (Joel Edgerton), and from there we see the plot unfold through Robyn’s point of view.  Gordo continues to surface as an uninvited guest, which casts an unsettling shadow over the couple’s new life in L.A. The plot turns and suspicion begins to shift between Simon and Gordo creating a gripping sense of uncertainty. The more information Robyn discovers, the more the mystery unfolds through twists and turns.

This film is psychologically intense. It’s more about mind games than bloody grotesque horror tropes — the house is not haunted, but a ghost is emerges in the film’s compelling plot.

I might see this one again!

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