The Gift

2000

Action / Drama / Fantasy / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

89
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 55%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 56457

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Director

Cast

Keanu Reeves as Donnie Barksdale
Cate Blanchett as Annabelle 'Annie' Wilson
Katie Holmes as Jessica King
Giovanni Ribisi as Buddy Cole
720p.BLU
816.47 MB
1280*720
English
R
24.000 fps
1hr 52 min
P/S 3 / 29

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by moogee-29209 1 / 10

As bad as it gets

The best cast is not going to save a rotten screenplay. This terrible movie received positive reviews around 2000 when it came out, but it didn't stand the test of time. Nowadays such poor writing doesn't get accepted. Appalling waste. Profanity every turn of the page, is that how one writes? One dimensional dialogue, nudity for nudity's sake. I'm done with the director and two writer want-a-be's.

Reviewed by atlasmb 7 / 10

Cate Blanchett Disappears Into Her Character

Cate Blanchett plays Annie Wilson, a southern widow with three sons who is just scraping by financially. She does psychic readings to supplement her Social Security benefits. Some of her visions are thrust upon her, rather than sought after. And some of them are gruesome. The gift is also a curse.

Blanchett's ethereal beauty somehow never gets in the way of this story about the modest and retiring Annie. And neither does the accent she must effect. Her fine performance is the center of this drama that involves a battered wife (Katie Holmes) and her threatening husband (Keanu Reeves). The rest of the cast, including Giovanni Ribisi, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank, Michael Jeter and J.K. Simmons, is formidable.

The plot evolves into a murder mystery, then a trial drama, until the final act reveals the truth about an unfortunate night.

Most of the characters in this film are dysfunctional or damaged. The story is co-written by Billy Bob Thornton, who certainly knows his way around southern Gothic, redneck drama. With such well-developed characters and setting, this is a film that could support a number of sequels.

Reviewed by TonyMontana96 2 / 10

A terribly conceived whodunnit with an even worse ending.

(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.

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