The Gift Movie Review by The Commander


3 (out of 4 stars)

When you think of a stalker film, the plot is usually some guy stalking a girl or some women stalking a man, but you rarely see a man stalking another man.  And no, I'm not talking about men who are gay stocking another gay man.  And when you add in the tagline like:  "Just because you're done with the past doesn't mean the past is done with you,” it's enough to say OK, let's go see this movie, since it's different than the others, or is it?

What's interesting about this film is that it was a very inexpensive film that was written and directed by one of the lead actors, Joel Edgerton.  In fact, this is his first feature film that he directed.  The film is very intense and sometimes awkwardly slow in order to build tension between the characters, but on the whole, it's a pretty good film.  The pretense of the film is two high school classmates meet years later and things happen.  That's about all you need to know, and of course, it's a stalker film.  

Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses, Identity Theft) plays the lead and this is probably one of his stronger rolls that I've seen him in.  It's a very intense character that commands presence on the screen.  His wife is played by Rebecca Hall (Transcendence, Iron Man

3) and of course Joel Edgerton plays the weird kid from high school, Gordo.  All three turn in very strong performances which makes the movie so intriguing.  Unfortunately, I was able to figure out the plot early on, so for me, it was just a matter of waiting until the movie was over to prove my theory right.  That's one of my flaws of going to the movies.  I find the scripts too simplistic and easy to figure out.  Don't get me wrong.  Most people who watch the movie didn't get it until the end.  So most people will enjoy this movie and won't feel ripped off by paying to see it on the big screen, like some other movies I've mentioned in the past. 

So if you have a date (women enjoy stalker movies more than men.  It's a proven fact, women scream louder) and you're tired of comic book, action, cartoon and immature films, then by all means take her to see this movie.  You won't be disappointed.  Just make sure she's not holding the popcorn during the scary sequences.  You know what happens when they jump out of their seats.