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The Gift (DVD)
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The Gift (DVD)
Advantages: Tension filled thriller
Disadvantages: Slow starting
The Gift is a pretty good crime thriller and a film I would recommend seeing as it is well worth the cost of the rental or you can look out for it on TV. Cate Blanchett is very good in the lead role as Annie Wilson who lives with her four sons after her husband passed away. The film is set in the deep south of America either Louisiana or Alabama I assume given the accents and the creepy scenery with old wooden buildings and some strange local inhabitants.
Annie makesa living as a psychic giving advice to the locals, Hilary Swank plays one of her clients as a batterred housewife while Keanu Reeves is the violent husband, Giovanni Ribisi also stars as a mentally disturbed mechanic and he delivers a fine performance. When a wealthy woman goes missing the local police soon exhaust all possible leads and then they take the surprising step of calling on Annie to try and use her powers, this soon pitches her into a nightmare series of situations in what becomes a tense and at times scary manhunt.
I liked the way that the tension built slowly right from the very start in this film, while at times it can be a little predictable the use of dream scenes that turn to nightmares is very effective and the characters all become more strange and threatening during the film.
There are some strong performances from all the lead characters and Blanchett does a great job of presenting Annie as an outwardly weak character but with a strong hidden depth to her. Hilary Swank as the batterred wife is also very good playing the part very convincingly. I did find it a bit hard to understand Ribisi character some of the time as he mumbles a bit.
The only real criticism I have is that the plot took a while to get going but that is only really a minor thing to complain about as the rest of the film was tension filled and delivered some good plot twists. Definitaly recommended as a good viewing experience.
Summary: Good thriller well worth seeing