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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Gift

6 Submitted by on Fri, 07 August 2015, 10:59

Joel Edgerton is Gordo, a lonely, somewhat socially awkward man who runs into a old high school acquaintance (Jason Bateman) and his wife (Rebecca Hall) who’ve just moved back to California. Gordo just wants to be friends. Bateman seems reticent. Turns out there was some old friction there and Bateman, becoming gradually more suspicious of Gordo’s gestures of friendship, just wants him to go away. Gordo doesn’t take no for an answer very easily.

What looked like another standard stalker horror turns out to be, surprisingly, so much more, as Edgerton scores a solid hit with his directorial debut. Listen to Beau, Sarah, Chris and Joe don’t all agree but you’ll be surprised to hear what they have to say about this film.

WARNING: Somewhat spoilery review


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • dark knight fan

    So who in this review, is a crazy person?

  • El Pollo Guerrera

    At the end of the review, was Beau channeling Bobcat Goldthwait from “One Crazy Summer”?

  • David Liao

    What would have been interesting is instead of that campy stalker thriller earlier this year, Jennifer Lopez would have taken Rebecca Hall’s role in this.

  • This was a nice surprise! I really liked this one!

  • Renwick Davis

    I think Sarah and Joe’s problems with the ending are that it makes them feel uncomfortable, which is fine, but I think they’re missing the point of the ending. It seems like their criticizing the revelation from the perspective that Joel Edgerton’s character is a nice, socially awkward individual, and from the perspective of things you should and shouldn’t do in real life. This is a dark thriller, and Edgerton’s character is supposed to be just as gray as Bateman’s, and you had to know at some point this kind of shoe was going to drop(did you not see the trailers and overall tone of the movie?). This film shows the depths people will go to when they are consumed by the past and revenge, and how much an idea(true or false) can take root and affect people’s lives. We’re not supposed to look at Edgerton and think he did something ok at the end, the point of the scene in question is to specifically show how twisted this guy is no matter how nice he may seem in other areas. Chris is right when he says that just because certain things make people uncomfortable it shouldn’t mean they can’t be in film anymore.

  • Neil Kelly

    The trailer for this kind of gave me a feeling of “The Guest” from last year. But from the review it sounds like a very different movie.