The Gift ★★★½

Starts as a fascinating, subtle, and squirm inducing exploration of social norms. Then, as it descends into more predictable "thriller" elements, it somehow becomes even MORE fascinating by going to some unexpected and dark and very real, very personal places. BUT THEN, boy howdy did they fumble the third act.

The actors are uniformly excellent, Jason Bateman in particular is impossible to look away from. This type of darker role should not surprise anyone who's been paying attention to his career. I hope we see more like this from him, and also more from Edgerton behind the camera. Even if they dropped the ball on the ending, this was pretty exceptionally crafted for a debut.

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