I went into the theater the other night, expecting to be gifted with a twisted thrill ride. The only thing that was gifted to me was curiosity and a bit of disappointment. Even though the acting was very well executed - especially by the director Joel Edgerton who played 'Gordo the Weirdo' - the film left me a bit unsatisfied.
Married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) have an unexpected encounter with Gordo, (Joel Edgerton) an acquaintance from Simon's past. At first, Simon doesn't recognize him, but after uninvited visits and and an odd series of mystery gifts, a horrible secret emerges, causing Simon and Robyn's perfect life to spin out of control. As Robyn uncovers what really happened between Simon and Gordo, she begins to question how well she knows her husband.
After leaving the theater, I gave this film a solid 3. I was completely disappointed in how the story developed, and how everything ended. I woke up the next day, realizing I didn't judge the film fairly, and so I gave it a second thought. Yeah, the movie wasn't exactly what I wanted. I didn't get the conclusion I expected, nor did I get the suspense that I thought I expected. But not every film is going to give me what I want.
When going into a movie, it's best to take it for what it is, instead of expecting it to be everything we want it to be; otherwise, we're likely going to end up angered and disappointed. After I had second thoughts about The Gift, I decided to give it a higher rating. After taking it for what it was, I began to appreciate the fact that it was a slow burner that was meant to scatter your emotions, before leaving you suspended.
The film had a great setup, and had me guessing all throughout. I expected a somewhat grisly thriller, but ended up with a slow burning, and disturbing tale that left my emotions scattered. Although I was slightly dissatisfied with the film, I would recommend seeing it to experience the mix of emotions I did while watching Joel Egerton's eerie and unexpected performance.