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The Gift – Trailer

batemanMay I be excused for thinking, prior to watching this trailer, that this was a comedy? Perhaps this is a classic bait (or Bateman) and switch ploy. Lure an unsuspecting audience, who are largely expecting something consistent with the Bateman comedy oeuvre, and then once the doors are locked, give them 90 minutes of pure stalker terror instead. Then again, is it really terror, or more like a derivative yawn fest? Only the stalker-filmmaker knows for sure.

One thing is certain, it’s maximum exposure for Joel Edgerton, who wrote, directed and stars in the film. Frankly, Edgerton has been under my personal radar. A quick glance at Wikipedia reveals he’s been working steadily since 1996. Yet his tabloid star must be dim. The Wiki-entry for his personal life amounts to one line, which reveals that his brother Nash is a filmmaker and stuntman. Hmm.

Also starring Rebecca Hall, who was impressive in one of the Red Riding Trilogy films a few years ago, and the Tom Stoppard scripted version of Ford Madox Ford’s tetralogy, Parade’s End.

Here’s the synopsis from STX Entertainment:

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? (C) STX

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