Starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall & Joel Edgerton
As Blockbuster movie season reaches its crescendo, those seeking escapism from the loud barrage of CGI could do a lot worse than checking out The Gift, a creepy, airport paperback thriller of a movie that harks back to ’90s stalker thrillers like Single White Female, Unlawful Entry, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Pacific Heights.
Bateman and Hall star as Simon and Robyn, a newly married Yuppie couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with Simon’s old high school acquaintance, the awkward Gordo (Edgerton). Robyn feels sorry for the guy and the couple befriend him much to Simon’s annoyance. Gordo is kind of creepy and very clingy and soon things get uncomfortable as the obsessive Gordo starts presenting them with mysterious gifts that hint to a dark secret from Simon’s past. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon & Gordo, she is forced to confront just how well she knows the people around her, and are past bygones ever really bygones?