The Gift

Rated R 108 minutes 2015

More than just a rousing three-character melodrama, writer-director-actor Joel Edgerton’s modern-day urban thriller bristles with plot turns and disturbing revelations, as an upscale married couple (Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall) try to fend off a half-remembered, fully creepy “old school friend” (Edgerton). Edgerton’s screenplay is a model of compressed malice, with sweaty-palms performances by all three principals, led by Bateman’s switch from light leading man to a loathsome corporate climber with a guilty secret. Treads much of the same ground as Edgerton’s Australian mellers (The Square, Wish You Were Here, Animal Kingdom), with added psychological unease and beaucoup suspense. There’s nothing like extra-strength Edgerton to make your hair stand on end (108 min.).

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Director: Joel Edgerton

Producer: Jason Blum, Rebecca Yeldham, Joel Edgerton, Jeanette Volturno-Brill, Couper Samuelson, Luc Etienne, Robert Simonds, Adam Fogelson and Oren Aviv

Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman, Busy Philipps, Beau Knapp, Wendell Pierce, David Denman and Katie Aselton


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