Joe Edgerton’s The Gift, is an excellent homage to the Alfred Hitchcock movies of the past. The Gift is about a married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) who move back to Simon’s childhood neighbourhood in California. They live a picturesque life till Simon runs into an former high school classmate Gordo (Joe Edgerton) who reminds Simon of his past. What follows is a mature psychological thriller that is conventional and classy then the trailers suggest.

ed1 The cinematography is gorgeous and the pacing, although slow, reveals a complex story that never gets boring. Considering its Edgerton’s directorial debut, it’s very impressive and yet unconventional to Hollywood standards.

Screen-Shot-2015-05-15-at-9.27.29-AM-620x400The acting is excellent, but what really impresses us, is Justin Bateman. As a natural comedic actor, Bateman plays a serious character and performs it so well to a realistic effect. It is suggested to enter this film with a clean slate, and no expectations. The gift is not to be missed.