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The Gift

  • 2015
  • R
  • 108min
  • 92%
  • 7.1 / 10

Robyn and Simon, played by Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman respectively, are a married couple that recently moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, following Simon’s hiring at a new job. While out on the town running errands, the couple runs into a former high school classmate of Simon’s – Gordon Moseley, who goes by Gordo. Gordo, played by Joel Edgerton, attempts to befriend the couple, dropping by without warning and leaving gifts for the pair. He gives Simon an uneasy feeling, but Robyn does not have an issue with him.

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The film’s first trailer dropped via Periscope on April 1, 2015, becoming the first advertiser to work with Twitter on its platform in such a manner. Though a veteran actor, this is Joel Edgerton’s first directorial effort. He also starred in, wrote, and helped produce it. Because he wanted to focus solely on directing, he completed his scenes early, within the first few weeks of the shooting schedule. It took him only seven days to film all of his scenes. Edgerton listed his influences as Alfred Hitchcock as well as the film Fatal Attraction. This is the first film released by STX Entertainment. Throughout the movie, the “gift” includes actual gifts given by Gordo to the couple, as well as the hint of friendship that Gordo seeks.


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The Gift is a 2015 mystery thriller directed by Joel Edgerton, who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. It was released on August 9, 2015, earning $59 million worldwide against a budget of only $5 million. It was produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Production and released by STX Entertainment. It holds a 92% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 77 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating generally favorable reviews. It was released on Netflix in March of 2018.