Film of the Day (08/09/18): The Gift


Written By Joel Edgerton
Directed By Joel Edgerton

Here we have one hell of a directorial debut that takes what starts as an obvious trope but takes a few sharp turns into unexpected territory, and those uncharted waters make some big waves. Edgerton wrote, directed and co-starred, and did a wonderful job wearing all three hats. I don’t want to go into detail in case there are enough people like me who hadn’t seen this yet, but suffice it to say that it sets you up with certain expectations, and defies them in pretty memorable ways. It takes a hard look at the idea of truly knowing someone, and whether or not people can ever truly change and grow (and if so, to what extent). You start off with a very firm idea of the good and bad guys, who is right and who is wrong, and where the story will take you. By the end, everything is in question and your head has been massively toyed with, just like the characters involved. It’s amazing how much suspense Edgerton manages to wring out of a movie where there isn’t a ton of stuff going on. What advancements do occur carry a lot of weight and tension, and by the time the credits roll you will have no choice but to be impressed. The line “You may be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with you” rings very true here, and may even cause you to reflect on your own past and the skeletons that may lurk in your own closet. This is flat-out good filmmaking, all around!

Film of the Day

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