Rebecca Hall

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The Gift

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.

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Terminator, year 1. Wait, that’s not right. TRANSCENDENCE

From the cinematographer who brought us The Dark Knight Trilogy, and has not directed anything, at all. And starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Houser, and JARVIS, er Paul Bettany. Comes the film that could be considered the alternate reality of Skynet, Transcendence. So this is Wally Pfister’s first outing as a director, and I won’t say it was terrible. Maybe a little rough around the edges but if your first outing is helming a Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman film, good job bro.

Transcendence follows Dr. Will Caster (Depp) working on an A.I. system with his wife (Hall). When a radical anti-technology group lead by The Invisible Woman, who I don’t think you ever get her name in the film, orchestrates a terrorist attack on multiple technology companies and figures, one of which being Caster who is left fatally wounded. His wife, and best friend Max (Bettany) decide they can upload his consciousness into a super computer so that Castor can live forever. From there Castor grows in power and intelligence becoming connected to the internet and everything. Max realizes the dangers and joins up with the government and the same terrorist organization responsible for Casters death to put a stop to all-knowing A.I. that Caster has become. But are they too late?

Is this Johnny Depp’s return to super stardom? Absolutely not, but is it the abysmal fail that Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, and The Rum Diaries were? No. It’s quite entertaining to start with. It is definitely more of a drama throughout the first act, dealing with letting go of a loved one. But then it begins to get a bit technical and hard to follow. Transcendence is full of plot holes as well. Once Castor is uploaded to the web he sends his wife to a tiny town in the middle of know where and they proceed to build an entire unground laboratory, in what seems to be the span of 2 years. Now I’ve seen construction on the highways here in Dallas Texas and go on for well over two years and they have yet to do what these people seemed to do. The film also makes the assumption that you are just going to figure out the random sci-fi like acts that go on, and again makes it hard to follow. You leave the theater thinking about the film, but end up picking it apart.

It’s not all bad like I said though. With Pfister being a cinematographer the visuals are stunning in Transcendence. Plus the casting is incredible. Everyone in the movie is believable in their roles. And for the most part it is very entertaining. It goes from a drama to the thriller, all though not the most thrilling of a thriller. Depp is great, it is always nice to see him outside of the eye liner wearing crazy characters that he has been doing lately.

All in all I gave Transcendence a pretty good Jeebus score, probably higher then I should of, but I couldn’t dispute the math. 3.8, Check Out The Matinee.