Release Date: August 7th.
Written by: Joel Edgerton.
Directed by: Joel Edgerton.
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, and Rebecca Hall.
The first time we ever saw Joel Edgerton in anything was in the 2008 Australian gem, Acolytes, in which he played a creepy Serial Killer with ease, and left quite an impression on us. A few years later, he showed up in one of our favorite movies of the decade, Warrior. Both the movie and his performance blew us away, and as far as we were concerned, a star was born. The Thing, Zero Dark Thirty, The Rover (writing) and Black Mass later, it turns out that we were right; the guy's got skills.
As good of an actor as he is, it turns out that he's not bad at screenwriting and directing either. The Gift is his directorial debut, and really, it's almost too good to be anybody's first movie, especially when it's an actor turned director.
|OMG, THEY ARE SO PERFECT!|
That is all.
|"HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I HOPE YOU PASS AWAY. LOVE, GORDO."|
This movie starts out like many typical revenge Thrillers do; with an unassuming but creepy character conveniently entering the lives of two normal, successful people who are living the upper-middle class American dream. You just know that he's up to no good, and that by the time he's done playing whatever game he's playing, everyone involved is going to be bloody, ruined, and destroyed, if not dead.
|EMOTIONALLY SCARRED TOO.|
|SIMON DOESN'T SEEM SO SIMPLE ANYMORE. ZING!|
We also loved the last shot of the movie. It was fairly simple, but it was one of those moments that made us say "no shit," and want to re-watch the whole thing just to see how differently it would play.
Rent it or grab the Blu-ray, but either way, it's definitely worth your time to check out.
The Gift is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.