Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Gift (2015)

The Gift grabs a bottle of crazy and passes it around between the three main characters, Simon (Jason Bateman), his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) and Gordo (Joel Edgerton) like a hot potato. Just when you think you figured out which lead character is the psycho, one of the others makes a move that throws you off again. You can't really trust the mental stability of anyone in this movie. There were a few cheap scares toward the beginning, but once the story gets rolling the suspense is almost palpable. 

It would have been a lot creepier in a stereotypical old creaky house in the woods, but the modern house with all the reflective glass and lack of privacy was creatively used in the story. I kept wanting them to draw some drapes or hang some blinds. There were a couple visual scares that made good use of the plate glass that made everyone in the theater jump and gasp. 

In fact, except for the outdoor scenes, every scene in the movie took place in bright shiny, expensive settings. All of the darkness was hidden inside the minds of the main characters.

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