DVD review: The Gift (7 out of 10)

Jason Bateman in The Gift (2)
Jason Bateman in The Gift (2)

We all enjoy receiving a gift - however this movie reveals a dark side behind this simple act.

Joel Edgerton is well known as an actor, having appeared in dozens of films, but he reveals some great skills as a director and writer with this project.

He also co-stars in The Gift, a tense psychological thriller that really delivers.

Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play Simon and Robyn, a young married couple who move into a new town.

Out shopping one day, Simon bumps into an old school acquaintance. Gordo, played by Edgerton.

Gordo seems a nice enough guy and leaves a gift on the front porch for the couple.

However, Robyn becomes concerned when Gordo’s attentions become a bit too intense and more gifts are left.

Is this just a case of stalking or is there much more behind Gordo’s generosity?

To his credit, Edgerton doesn’t go down any tried and trusted routes with the plot and the audience is guided through disturbing revelations as we discover the truth.

Bateman and Hall and, indeed Edgerton, are excellent in this movie, with a solid supporting cast.

Edgerton also serves up some great direction, mixing jump-shocks with lingering tension.

The main problem with the film is that it does drag a bit on occasion.

However, my advice is stick with it, it’s well worth the journey.

Film details: The Gift (15) 108mins

Director: Joel Edgerton

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

Lionsgate UK Presents The Gift out now on Digital, HD and Blu-ray, and DVD