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.
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.