The Gift - Film Review
A chilling psychological thriller that leaves us with a genuinely unsettling ending
Zero Dark Thirty actor Joel Edgerton makes his directorial debut with this chilling psychological thriller, which he also wrote. When affluent middle class couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Iron Man 3‘s Rebecca Hall) relocate from Chicago to suburban Los Angeles, Simon bumps into an old classmate called Gordo (Edgerton) whom he initially claims not to recognise. Soon Gordo begins to infiltrate their lives in creepy but seemingly well-meaning ways, even filling their pond with expensive fish while they’re away from the house. While Robyn deems Gordo lonely but harmless, Simon is convinced something more sinister is happening, and his presence threatens to drive a wedge between the couple.
Though The Gift recalls late ’80s/early ’90s thrillers like Fatal Attraction and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, which also saw privileged couples being threatened by an apparently unhinged outsider, Edgerton’s film is no slack throwback. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, The Gift keeps us getting for a full two hours before leaving us with a genuinely unsettling ending.