Friday, August 7, 2015

The Gift

Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play a successful couple who've just moved back to his hometown for a new job opportunity.  But when a man from his past (Joel Edgerton) recognizes Bateman from way back when, things turn uncomfortable in this suspenseful thriller written and directed by Edgerton. 

Unlike many films billed as suspenseful, this one actually delivers.  It's tense, and even scary (though not over-the-top scary.)  The cast is just right.  And I didn't see exactly where it was headed (which is refreshing for a wide release thriller).  It isn't perfect, and there are a few things I find a bit hokey, but overall I quite enjoyed it.

Grade: A-

Who is this movie for?  If you're looking for a break from all the action heavy and super hero films of summer, treat yourself to a smaller suspenseful thriller.

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