This one has seemed so creepy to me. I was excited to see it because I am fan of Joel Edgerton, and he is not only a star of this film, but he wrote it and directed it. The Gift also stars Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. It tells the story of what seems to be an obsessed old school mate forcing a friendship upon this unsuspecting couple. However as the film continues, it begins to take many twist and maybe the people you think you know, are not who you think they are.
Look I was excited for this film to watch Warrior stalk and harass Jason Bateman. The premise seemed so cool, so creepy, made me think about all the people I was a Jackass too back in School. Please don’t come for me people. But what I got was so much more than that. Honestly, this is neither of their stories. It really centers on Rebecca Halls character as she deals with her new life, and this situation that has arose. Whether or not her husband is who she really thinks he is.
This was the directorial debut of one Joel Edgerton, and man does he hit his mark. The tone is incredibly creepy. And it keeps you suspense nearly the entire run. He scares you, with only minor uses of jump scares, which really made me happy. I think there is maybe two. Other than that, it is such the suspense, and the score, and the way he shoots this to keep you on edge. It makes me really excited to see where his career as a director can go.
I mentioned the score, and that is because it is a major plus in this film. Horror movies can live or die by their score, and this one sets the tone and gives you the chills all movie long. There are very subtle but ominous tones and beats that help the movie hit its mark and move quietly along in the back of your mind. Very thrilling.
Rebecca Hall is very good in it as well. You really sense that she has been through a lot, and she brings a lot of pain through her eyes, and expressions. She’s not someone that I run out to the theater to see, but her performance has put her on my radar for sure. Edgerton is by all means, insanely creepy and awkward. There are times where he leads you to not knowing what or who to believe. Is he just socially awkward, or is he out of his mind? And Bateman was a huge surprise. I like him, but I like him because he is Jason Bateman in every role. Not here. He disappears into this character, and gives a performance that I didn’t know he had in him. I hope to see a lot more of his dramatic chops in the future.
So there it is Jackass Nation. A great Horror Thriller film that you need to go see. Skip Fantastic Four and catch The Gift. Its fun, it’s creepy, and pretty intense. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 3.7! How about you? Are you excited for it? Do you plan on seeing The Gift? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, keep on Nerding!
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.