2015 Summer Movie Review: The Gift

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are about to face their worst nightmare in Joel Edgerton's directorial debut "The Gift"

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are about to face their worst nightmare in Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut “The Gift”

There have been a few movies that surprised me this summer. Then, The Gift, one of the greatest movies Alfred Hitchcock never made, came along. And my expectations threw right out of the window.

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn are a happy couple who moved into a nice house near Los Angeles. One day, they get an unexpected visitor. Gordo (Joel Edgerton), who used to go to high school with Simon, gives them a series of nice gifts such as wine and fish to put in their pond. However, they begin to face their worst nightmare as they learn more about Gordo.

For his directorial debut, Joel Edgerton gives one heluva thrill-ride.¬†With a slow build-up, it leads to one shocking payoff. I hope he directs more movies because I love his style. It’s unnerving, unpredictable, and engaging in every way. He makes one creepy stalker. I’m surprised with Jason Bateman not playing himself for a change.

4/4