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.
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.
The 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.