The Gift Blu-ray Review
“The Gift” is well worth unwrapping.
While out shopping together, Simon and his wife Robyn bump into a man (Gordon) from Simon’s past. Gordon, who was an old classmate of Simon’s, wants to catch up with Simon, but Simon isn’t very interested. While he seems kind, Gordon’s behavior is a bit strange as he drops off several gifts and shows up at their house unannounced. Evenetually, Simon gets fed up with Gordon and tells him off. This is when all hell breaks loose. Not only do creepy things begin to happy (which may or may not be due to Gordon), but tension begins to build between Simon and Robyn. It seems Simon is hiding some major secrets about his past with Gordon. What did Simon do and why is it having an impact on their marriage?
“The Gift” is one of those good movies that suffered from poor marketing. The uninspired trailer makes it look like a generic thriller, but it’s anything but. In reality, it’s a smart psychological thriller about bullying, truth, secrets, and revenge. Sure, one can argue that the script contains some “on the nose” dialogue and a few scenes which feel a bit too by the book, but those are minor quibbles overall. For the most part, “The Gift” is a refreshing change of pace for the usual multiplex fare as it focuses on characters. It doesn’t hurt that the story builds up to an intense ending that really pays off.
Of course, one of the reasons “The Gift” succeeds is because of the cast. The film is essentially a 3 character story and stars Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, and Rebecca Hall knock it out of the park. Bateman is usually known for playing the everyday joe but in this he plays a decidedly darker character. Joel Edgerton (who directs, writes, and stars in this film) gives one of the best performances of his career as the creepy and shy Gordon. It’s a very layered character that he really gets to sink his teeth into. Last, but not least is rising star Rebecca Hall who continues to impress. Why she isn’t a household name yet is beyond me.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The sharp cinematography shines in 1080p.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is not an audio intensive film so the DTS track doesn’t have a ton to do. With that said, what the track does do it does very well.
* Universal trailers and 2 trailers for “The Gift.”
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* An alternate ending (with optional intro by Joel Edgerton) and 4 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Joel Edgerton.
* “Karma For Bullies”- A short featurette with film clips, interviews, character and plot discussions.
* “The Darker Side of Jason Bateman”- An extra about Jason Bateman and his character.
* A passable commentary by Joel Edgerton and editor Luke Doolan.
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