The Gift

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By: Nikoleta Morales

“The Gift” stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and writer/director Joel Edgergton. It tells the story of a young married couple’s lives that are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years. The family’s friend Gordo who plays the stoker in the movie exemplifies feelings of both sympathy and fear as a complicated character. The movie’s message is be nice to everyone because the past is never fully forgotten. This is one of the most intriguing thrillers I have seen so far that is not just very well done but very intelligently plotted and developed. The ending is not what one would expect to see. What is interesting about this movie are the twisted faiths of the characters. Their complicated lives become simply intertwined in the midst of mystery and despair, which the viewer is able to see progress throughout the movie. As Edgerton said about his movie: “Your future is your past and your past is your future.” If you are looking for a great, intelligent thriller than you must see “The Gift!” It comes out in theaters everywhere on August 7th.

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