There’s creepy and then there’s creepy, and The Gift is looking to play at a spectrum, but the trailer doesn’t want to give away too much.
It’s a writer/director/star effort, and with a story and character like this, it has to make you wonder if Joel Edgerton doesn’t have some things to work out. It’s also a bit of a diversion from what we’re used to seeing Jason Bateman do, which makes you wonder as well.
The film wants to make you question all those people you were mean to in High School, and if Jason Bateman has anything going for him… he does look like he might have been a jerk in High School. Oddly, when he was actually High School age, he didn’t look like that, but there you go.
At any rate, the film has Joel Edgerton showing up to throw himself into Jason Bateman’s life, because… remember High School? Except, Bateman doesn’t at first. Where things get slightly more interesting than just a weird, stalker who wants revenge for something that happened 25 years ago, is in that Bateman’s wife, played by Rebecca Hall, is in the mix. It isn’t just that there’s a creepy guy messing with us, but at some point your wife has to wonder, “What the hell did you do?”
It seems good on paper, or at least potentially good, but there’s something odd about the trailer. It almost feels like it’s trying to be creepy, but keep you at arm’s length, which is odd. What makes the tension and ramps up the emotional response in all efforts that surround stalking and/or some general harassing lunatic films is that they aren’t quite doing anything illegal, or somehow aren’t making the kind of show that bring the whole thing crashing down on them. It doesn’t seem like that’s exactly what’s going on here, which makes it creepier in some sense, but feels a bit like it takes you out of things, because wouldn’t we end things pretty quickly?
Take a look and let me know what you think.
The Gift Trailer
Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged….chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
From the producer of Whiplash and The Purge, Jason Blum, comes a chilling psychological thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor and writer Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior).