Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Gift (2015)

Director: Joel Edgerton. Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton. 108 min. Rated R. Australia/USA. Mystery/Thriller.

A creepy guy approaches a young couple who have just moved to California, and you know from the very beginning things will eventually get violent. The familiar Fatal Attraction/Cape Fear psychological thriller setting makes most of the plot twists predictable, which is why the few shattering surprises are very welcome. Since the main subject is so notoriously important these days, Joel Edgerton should be applauded for such a captivating directorial debut. And the homages aren't limited to the above: there's a hospital "Room 237" from The Shining, and a final separation scene perfectly inspired by The Godfather.

PS: Thank you, Mohi. This almost went under the radar.

PPS: This is almost (but not quite) another movie from the Oozaini genre, explained here.

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