(Originally reviewed: 14/01/2017) Now where to start? This film opens with a scene where one of Blanchett's character's children says " Mommy what does F**k mean", could nobody think of better dialogue, most of the universe know what it means, but really, why waste time with that kind of silly nonsense. Then we meet Buddy played laughably bad by Giovanni Ribisi who is speaking so unclearly I was looking for the subtitles option on the remote. Swank plays a wife beaten controlled woman with little to no personality, her husband Donnie played by the miscast Keanu Reeves is a real scumbag who pretty much tries to attack half of the characters, I for one cannot believe Reeves playing a bad guy, as it just does not look convincing in the slightest.
J.K Simmons is in charge of the disappearance case but seems like an uncaring, disrespectable lawman, who is more interested on who took his donuts or if there's fresh coffee. Chelcie Ross (Jessica's father) does little worth mentioning except for his laughably awful scream, or cry, or whatever that sound was half way through the picture. My most hateful performance would have to go to Katie Holmes (Jessica) though, who plays a spoilt whore and the girl that goes missing, but I for one was thankful she was no longer on the screen, as she is untalented and embarrassing. However there were two watchable performances, notably by Cate Blanchett (Annie the fortune teller) and Greg Kinnear (Jessica's fiancé), who at least made one or two scenes bearable at the least. I expect more from a decent director like Sam Raimi who's also responsible for this mess. The Gift is labelled as a horror film, but a few cheap images and suspense free plotting would say otherwise, I also didn't feel thrilled or remotely interested into what was going on.
Before the ending I have to point out more rotten stuff, such as its lack of interesting dialogue and Buddy (Ribisi) going on about how he touches himself thinking about his father, (In which later on he tries to set him on fire and gets sectioned) which is so painfully cringeworthy I wonder who's idea it was to add a distasteful theme like that to a horror picture. Sure there's one decent courtroom scene that lasts all but 5 minutes but it's better than anything else in this wreck. Now time for the ending, where we find out whodunit; so Kinnear strikes Blanchett over the head with a torch, a few seconds later he is prevented from killing her (by Buddy of all people) only later on when they make a quick stop to the police station with Kinnear, the officer tells Annie (Blanchett) that Buddy has hanged himself at the psychiatric hospital therefore he could not have saved her, meaning it was apparently his ghost that had come and saved her, which is so ridiculous, inept and void of common sense, it puts the nail in the coffin for this suspense free, horror clunker.