23. The Gift
Release Year: 2015
Directed By: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Tim Griffin, Allison Tolman, Beau Knapp, P.J. Byrne, David Denman, Busy Philipps, Wendell Pierce, Katie Aselton, Mirrah Foulkes, Nash Edgerton
Release Date: Sunday, March 1
It’s a month beginning and ending with Jason Bateman releases. March closes out with the highly anticipated new season of the Emmy-winning original series Ozark and kicks off with Bateman’s 2015 psychological thriller The Gift. Fans of the actor, director and erstwhile Michael Bluth are being spoiled this spring. You might not have caught The Gift when it hit theaters five years ago at the tail end of the summer box office rush, but if you’re looking for a thrilling flick to get you on the edge of your seat, The Gift definitely ranks as one of the month’s best new additions.
Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star in The Gift as Simon and Robyn Callem, a married couple settling into their new home in the suburbs of Los Angeles from Chicago, where Simon used to work. The couple has an unexpected encounter with Gordo (Joel Edgerton), who Simon knew years ago, but doesn’t seem to recognize anymore. Simon and Robyn weather uninvited visits and odd gifts that soon lead to a chilling secret as Robyn uncovers what happened between Simon and Gordo.
The Gift comes from writer and director Joel Edgerton, who made his feature directorial debut with the film and also directed 2018’s Boy Erased. The film garnered positive reception from critics and holds a stellar 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Gift was also a commercial success, bringing in just under $59 million worldwide against a budget of $5 million. If you happened to miss the movie the first time around and are always open to a good psychological thriller, add The Gift to your registry, er, watch list when it begins streaming on Netflix at the top of the month.