The Gift (2015)
First screened in August 2015
Director: Joel Edgerton. Cast: Rebecca Hall, Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman, Tim Griffin, Adam Lazarre-White, Busy Philipps, Mirrah Foulkes, Nash Edgerton, Beau Knapp, Wendell Pierce, David Denman, Katie Aselton, P.J. Byrne. Screenplay: Joel Edgerton.

Twitter Capsule: Initially elegant thriller gets more literal and more addled as it unfolds. Old, tired tropes dull its critique of power.

VOR:   Disciplined craftsmanship of first half still smacks of Caché à l'américain. Film keeps finding new ways to literalize subtler themes and dull its claims on originality.

Photo © 2015 STX Entertainment/Blumhouse Productions/
Huayi Brothers Media

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

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