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The Gift

DVD film directed by Sam Raimi

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SAM RAIMI YOU SIR ARE EXCELLENT

  • May 26, 2011
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THE GIFT

It's no secret that I am a huge Sam Raimi fan as well as a fan of his producing partner Rob Tapert, so the question is why did I wait so long to review this wonderful movie? To be honest I have no idea why I waited but now that I have learned of my errors I can move on to review it. This is one of those movies that even if you see the ending coming it still does not take anything away from the viewing experience. In fact I don't know anyone who did not second guess their first thoughts on who did it in this well paced thriller. Sure to some you may see the ending coming but the performances are so good that it is still a great experience.

The movie follows Annie Wilson [Cate Blanchett] who is a fortune teller for lack of a better word; she leads a some what comfortable life rearing her kids and dealing with the death of their father. Of course with the customers she has she has to deal with a few nuts, and I am talking about the customers family members. Things are going fine until she meets a fella [Greg Kinnear] who has a promiscuous wife [Katie Holmes]; turns out she will have more to do with her and her husband in the future. Of course she also has to deal with the husband [Keanu Reeves] of one of her clients [Hilary Swank] who constantly is threatening her and her children. Then naturally if that is not enough there is the deeply in need of help client [Giovanni Ribisi] who by the way is the show stealer here. Throw all that together and you have one very entertaining movie from the great Sam Raimi.

While some may be able to figure this one out it is still fun to watch it all play out, and I know you will not see the end coming. There is something in here that just comes from no where but makes perfect sense. Writers Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson did a great job with this film, the characters are interesting and the story is great. Of course director Sam Raimi keeps things moving at a nice pace and never stays to long on one thing. Also in going back to his horror roots there are plenty of scenes with genuine tension in them. Another wonderful thing about this film is the setting, I love that southern style and sound that is brought forth threw the film.

Star Cate Blanchett does a great job in this movie as the so called "witch" that helps out the police in a murder investigation that she has more of a connection to then she knows. I believe her in this role and she makes this movie much better then films that are similar like "The Skeleton Key" which wasn't bad but it wasn't this. Also Katie Holmes is kinda devilish in this movie and she plays the part well, I always thought of her as a goody goody before this film. Hilary Swank is great in this as well as the abused and scared wife that does not know how to leave a husband that is no good for her. All three of these ladies did a great job in this film and deserve the credit for doing so.

J.K Simmons who would go on later to play J.J. in the Spider-Man movies for Sam does a great job here as the local sheriff, as does Gary Cole as the prosecution attorney who would play the excellent "Sheriff Buck" in the Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert produced show "American Gothic" [one of the greatest shows of all time no doubt]. Greg Kinnear is great as the husband of the dead in this film, and Keanu Reeves surprised me with an excellent portrayal of an abusive husband and stalker. Still the scene stealer in this one by far is Giovanni Ribisi who is amazing as the truly disturbed Buddy Cole who seems to have issues with his father. Honestly it is one of the best performances I have seen; yes I truly enjoyed his performance in this film.

This is not the best movie ever made but it is still one of the most enjoyable, I had a great time watching this the first time and a great one again recently. Sam Raimi did a great job with this film and had a wonderful cast to help him out as well. Go into this one ready to be entertained it is a nice mix of suspense and drama that I am sure all would enjoy. The gift was a great film that fell a little short of classic status but I may change my mind on that one over time, let's see.

SAM RAIMI YOU SIR ARE EXCELLENT SAM RAIMI YOU SIR ARE EXCELLENT SAM RAIMI YOU SIR ARE EXCELLENT SAM RAIMI YOU SIR ARE EXCELLENT SAM RAIMI YOU SIR ARE EXCELLENT

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May 27, 2011
Terrific review and I love seeing the pictures. I agree, Giovanni Ribisi is such a good actor. I loved him in "The Other Sister."
May 29, 2011
Yes indeed he is excellent
 
May 26, 2011
This was such a huge surprise when I saw it. I mean it had a solid story and decent acting....Katie Holmes too.... :)
May 29, 2011
No doubt
 
May 26, 2011
Great review! I absolutely love this film it's one of my all time favorite supernatural thriller/noirs and thanks to Cate Blanchett and Sam Rami this film really stands tall above the rest thanks to its cast.
May 29, 2011
You said it, this is a great movie.
 
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Quick Tip by . January 04, 2012
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Forgettable save one thing ,., Damn Cate Blanchett is a fantastic actress. Otherwise I think there's some like supernatural stuff and am appearance by Bill and Ted ... I cant be totally sure ... I zoned out when CB wasnt front and center.
Quick Tip by . May 26, 2011
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This is not the best movie ever made but it is still one of the most enjoyable, I had a great time watching this the first time and a great one again recently. Sam Raimi did a great job with this film and had a wonderful cast to help him out as well. Go into this one ready to be entertained it is a nice mix of suspense and drama that I am sure all would enjoy. The gift was a great film that fell a little short of classic status but I may change my mind on that one over time, let's see.
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