Flash Movie Review: The Gift

Those words that get spoken to you may wind up lining the path of your life with land mines. Sadly the speaker of those words may not even be conscious of the destruction they will be causing you. Maybe it is because of the twists and turns I navigated through my life that makes me hyperaware of what a person is saying to another person. I have mentioned my 7th grade teacher before, who told me I would amount to nothing if I tried to become a writer. For the next several years after that comment I spent my time focusing on a scientific career before coming to my senses; imagine how many other kids she must have affected with her opinions. There are three words in the English language that can have a major effect on a person when they are preceded with the word, “You.” The words are can, should and are. Think about a time in your life when someone told you that you could not do something or that you were ____(fill in the blank). As adults we at least have the capacity to process such remarks, both the positive and negative ones. However, a child may not be able to overcome the nickname someone bestowed on them; in fact, the bestower may not even realize how much damage a nickname can cause a person. To this day I can be inside the dressing room of a clothes store, trying on a new article of clothing and hear one of the nicknames forced on me when I was a kid.    WHILE at the store picking out items for their new house Simon, played by Jason Bateman (The Longest Week, Identity Thief), bumped into an old classmate named Gordon, played by Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Great Gatsby). After introducing Gordon to his wife Robyn, played by Rebecca Hall (Closed Circuit, The Town), Simon figured that would be the last he would see of this man he barely remembered from school; that was until Gordon showed up at their house with a housewarming gift. The first thing I have to do is give a shout out to Joel Edgerton because not only did he star in this mystery thriller but wrote and directed it. The story played out like a good old fashioned suspense tale, where I was taken on a ride filled with twists and turns. I am not saying like a roller coaster ride, more like layers that change the landscape as the story progresses along. The acting was excellent to the point where I was experiencing similar uncomfortableness along with the characters. It is a good feeling for me when a script can provide thrills without the need of explosions or special effects; letting the characters build up suspense for the viewers. In the case of this movie the label fits perfectly, a thrilling mystery.


3 1/4 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 11, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. That’s a good rating, on my list noted👍

  2. One of my favs of the year so far. Great post Joltz.

  3. Oh! That looks great!!!!! Is it still in the theaters? It’s not one I have heard of. I must go find it!!!!

    • Yes, it just opened last week. Such a treat, I hope you see it soon and I would enjoy hearing your take on it. Thanks for the comments.

      • I will go see it this weekend. Can’t wait. Haven’t really seen any decent films this summer other than Jurassic World!!!

      • Ok don’t forget to let me know what you think of this film, thank you.

      • Hi my friend!!!! I went to see “The Gift” last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were only 2 other people in the theater besides me. Was kind of creepy. I was mentally planning my exit route in case a crazed man came in – because the odds were certainly going to be against me in such a small crowd. At first I thought the movie was going to fall prey to “crazed man comes back into a couple’s life and decimates the family, the house and the dog”. But it was so much better than that. It was more a mental game, which I absolutely adore. And it was interesting at the end. Karma will always come back and bite you in the butt. I think I would like to watch it again, just to pick up on all the little nuances that I missed the first time, while hiding behind my hands – in fear of crazed killer jumping out (in the movie – not the theater).
        PS. Have you ever seen the movie “The Word”? I think that is what it is called. Another sleeper, but a movie every writer should watch!

      • Thank you so much for telling me about your experience watching and sharing your thoughts here. However, I had to edit a small portion of your comments because you were giving away too much information; I hope you do not mind. In regards to the other movie, I did see the movie The Words, but not The Word. Did you mean The Words? If so I believe I did review it here.

      • No that’s fine that you edited my comment – I didn’t even think about not giving away stuff. Whoops! I guess this is why you are the reviewing pro and I am not. I think it might be “The Words” – where he finds a satchel with an old manuscript – is that the one?

      • Yes, that is the one, The Words. An interesting story if I recall.

  4. Hmmmm, your rating surprised me, only in that it was a suspense movie. I know you have high standards for this. Well, you have high standards for all movies you review but hopefully you know what I mean.

  5. Haven’t seen a good one in years, gotta say this sounds like a winner, not sure how soon I will be able to see it, but if I get the chance…this will be my choice of thrillers! thanks for the great review, yes I still remember things said & done from grade school…funny how clear some memories are 50= yrs later! (good & bad)

    • We are alike in our memories see; funny I can’t remember where I park sometimes but years ago I can recall word for word things said to me. Thank you so much for your comments and if you see this film, I would enjoy hearing your take on it especially.

  6. Such a great trailer, makes me watch the movie. Thanks for this.

  7. I was initially hesitant to see this movie because the last suspense film that I saw was Gone Girl, which I found very disappointing and anticlimactic. I’m glad I ultimately gave The Gift a chance because it was actually really good and creative. It’s one of those movies where you have a completely different perception of the plot once you’re finished with the film (much like Side Effects). I’d give it an 8/10.

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