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The Gift

The Gift

USA 2015 - mit Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman ...

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Originaltitel:The Gift
Regie:Joel Edgerton
Produktionsland:USA 2015
Laufzeit:Approx. 109 min.
FSK:From 12 years
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When Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) move into their new home, after a tragic event, their lives seem to be heading against rosy times again. Simon is waiting for a lucrative promotion and Robyn quickly finds a girlfriend in her new neighbour Lucy (Allison Tolman). But a chance encounter with Simon's old class chamberlain Gordo (Joel Edgerton) changes everything. At first Simon can't even remember the inconspicuous man. But then he remembers that Gordo was a total loser at school, whom he liked to tease. He thinks nothing of it when they receive a welcome gift from Gordo. But when he keeps showing up uninvited and leaving more presents, Simon's initial courtesy gives way to a clear announcement that Gordo should stay away from him and his wife. But behind Gordo's strange behavior is a dark secret that could completely destroy the idyll that Simon wants to build with Robyn…

"The Gift" is the directorial debut of actor Joel Edgerton, who also plays one of the leading roles, wrote the script and was involved in the production. Whenever an actor tries his hand at so many other positions, such a self-realization trip often goes badly into his pants. Fortunately, this revenge drama belongs to the rare cases where it works really well - with small exceptions. The story is exciting and blurs the boundaries between good and evil in a surprising way. There are some predictable elements of action. But how Edgerton exchanges the victim-perpetrator roles is very surprising and effective.

The film largely dispenses with the usual shock effects. Rather, he lets his destructive power break into the lives of Simon and Robyn very slowly and subtly. This can seem a bit tenacious and lengthy to some viewers. However, if you let yourself get wrapped up in the threatening and gloomy atmosphere that dominates the movie, you'll get a really good tension movie. And Edgerton doesn't just prove a good hand behind the camera. He is also an absolutely convincing Sonderling Gordo in terms of acting. From his first appearance on, the man seems very uncomfortable, but Edgerton never lets him degenerate into a one-dimensional nut. And that pays off extremely effectively at the end of the film.

Jason Bateman also convinces with a multi-faceted performance, which pleasantly stands out from the comedic roles, from which one usually knows him. How he manages to vary the feelings that you as a viewer have towards Simon in such a believable way is a really good achievement. Rebecca Hall, on the other hand, remains a little pale, which may also be due to her somewhat ungrateful role. Nevertheless, there is really nothing to complain about from an acting point of view. It is a pity that a few unnecessary lengths prevent "The Gift" from becoming a true cult thriller. Through some moments you have to fight your way through too much as a viewer in order to be completely thrilled. It pays to stay on the ball in the end, though. But the positive overall impression is a little clouded by this. But if you like thrilling thriller dramas of a more silent kind, you'll get a really good treatment here. Therefore, there are still one, despite smaller reductions: Absolutely worth seeing!

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