The Gift details
|Starring:||Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Jeter, Danny El, Gary Cole, Cate Blanchett, Chelcie Ross, Hilary Swank, Greg Kinnear, Kim Dickens|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Sep 2001|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A very atmospheric and...By Robert#7 from MIRFIELD , 20 Dec 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]A very atmospheric and moving thriller. Cate Blanchett is brilliant as a kind and gifted medium, trying to make a normal life for herself and her children, but caught up in events behond her control. With danger from the mortal world, in the person of Donnie (A Brooding and violent Keanu Reeves). And also from tormented spirits who are trying to communicate with her in terrifying visions. The tension builds and builds to a suprising and scary climax. Altogether a well acted and suspenseful drama.
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Worth a look!By crunchynumber (36 reviews) from Leicester , 28 Feb 2008Cate Blanchett turns out another great performance in this film, along with good offerings from Keanu Reeves and Greg Kinear. Some scenes are visually impressive and very immaginative, some scenes are emotionally powerful. generally, it's an engaging film that holds your interest right up until the last shot.
The GiftBy Floss (13 reviews) from Rayleigh , 08 Feb 2008I really enjoyed this film it had you guessing all the way through about who done it.
Well worth watching.
The Gift.By Cornetto (959 reviews) from Lancaster , 28 Apr 2007THE GIFT is the story that revolves around Annie Wilson (Blanchett), a widow living in Brixton, GA with her three sons. Annie was born with a gift, a special ability to have visions of the future or catch glimpses of remote events, passed down through the women of her family. And ever since her husband died on the job over a year ago, using her gift to do psychic readings out of her own home. Horror Thriller, Okay most watchable. Keanu Reeves could have had a better part.
The GiftBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 19 Mar 2007This film, based on a screenplay by Billy Bob Thornton, star of his previous film A Simple Plan was Sam Raimi's last before his launch into the Hollywood a-list with Spider-Man. You'd never peg him, from The Gift, to be a blockbuster director.
The film introduces us to Annie Wilson (Blanchett), a widow, living in the Deep South, who gives psychic readings to support herself and her family. When society girl Jessica King (Holmes) goes missing Annie leads the Police, on the basis of a dream she had, to her body which is found in the pond of Donnie Barksdale (Reeves) who happens to have threatened Annie and her children.
The script isn't particularly great, it's very standard by the numbers thriller plotting (particularly in a poor final reel) and the shooting, while stylish, is little to write home about. It is the actors who make The Gift worth the time.
Blanchett, as ever, is totally credible investing what could be a stick figure character with the reality that she seems always to be able to bring. Her accent, while perhaps not as utterly convincing as her English one, holds up.
Blanchett isn't the surprise here though Keanu Reeves is. Glammed down in straggly hair and beard Reeves gives his best dramatic showing since 1987's Rivers Edge as the wife beating redneck Donnie Barksdale and invests his his scenes, particularly those he shares with Blanchett, with a credible menace.
The other surprise is Katie Holmes (no, I'm not talking about her showing her breasts though; yes she does and yes they're very nice). Holmes was still on Dawsons Creek at this time and her desire to escape from the insipid goody two shoes she played on that is palpable. As Jessica King she gets to swear and shag and generally be very provocative and appears to be having enormous fun doing so.
The central story of Annie, Donnie and Jessica's disappearence is always interesting but some of the other elements; Giovanni Ribisi's odd character for example take away from the thriller elements and it seems occasionally that Raimi wants to drop his thriller and make a character piece. These sections hold up simply because Blanchett is great as Annie and has us invested in her, but are never as interesting as the thriller at the films centre.
Were it a bit more focused and a bit better written The Gift would be a great movie. As it is its a standard thriller worth your attention for some excellent acting (and, yes, Katie Holmes' breasts).
simply excellentBy michael bildner from nottingham , 27 Feb 2007Terrific thriller with a touch of mystery. Cate Blanchett excellent as always, her supporting cast not less noticable. Hillary Swank, J.K.Simmons, Gary Cole, Katie Holmes, just to name a few. But in my mind two guys stand out. Giovanni Ribisi as mental-ill young man and Keanu Reeves as wife-beating husband.
If you are looking for a gripping movie with good story, acting and pictures than this one from the great Sami Raimi is absolutely recommendable.