The Gift Review

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Married couple Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) find their blissful life together thrown into chaos by the return of an old high-school friend (Edgerton).


Well-off Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) move into a new luxury home and are given a housewarming present by Gordo (writer-director Joel Edgerton), an oddball who was at school with Simon. The creepily ingratiating Gordo spooks the nervous Robyn and annoys the slightly secretive Simon. With a premise not unlike the French films The Serpent and Harry, He’s Here to Help, this interestingly low-key suspense film goes in unexpected directions. It delivers a couple of great jumps, but the story is more complicated than the usual stalk-and-home-invasion business and the three leads do some excellent work in ambiguous roles.

This resourceful and edgy thriller marks another string in the talented Edgerton's bow.