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The Gift (2015) - Movie Review

"See, you're done with the past, but the past is not done with you."

The gift is a drama-mystery-thriller written, directed and acted by Joel Edgerton which acts as his first director debut. It also stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. The movie is about a couple, Bateman and Hall, who move to a new city and their lives are disrupted by Bateman's old friend played by Edgerton.

This was a surprisingly well-made movie, especially considering it is Edgerton's first step into the Director realm. He was great in the movie as well. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall also were really great. This is only the second role where I've seen Bateman in a serious role and it confirms again that he definitely has talent for this and is not only a comedic actor.

The movie plot progression is what really made me like it. I was constantly thinking about the plot and the movie kept throwing shifts at me, making me more involved in it. It was well shot too, with tons of static-slow moving shots for tension build up.

The marketing team did a poor job conveying this movie to the masses because it is much more what they convey it out to be, the trailer is a definite proof of that. I don't want to reveal more so you can experience the movie like I did. Definitely give it a try. Pacing might be a bit slow for some and if you're looking for a typical stalker film or something, this is definitely not it.



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