The Gift (2000) [5/5]


When a local woman disappears and the police can't seem to find any leads, her father turns to a poor young woman with psychic powers. Slowly she starts having visions of the woman chained and in a pond. Her visions lead to the body and the arrest of an abusive husband, but did he really do it?

First off I’d like to say that I’m honestly surprised I haven’t already seen this movie. It came out in the year 2000, has been sitting on the shelf for 16 years, and I just saw it for free on my mom’s On Demand TV subscription. I completely loved it and can proudly say that director Sam Raimi has done it again (16 years ago) with this thrilling murder mystery. From the great scares to the awesome visuals & colors to the beautiful locations…not to mention the star-studded A-list cast. I can proudly say that this was my favorite role I’ve ever seen Cate Blanchett star in. Although, the best actor award definitely goes to Giovanni Ribisi. Some other fantastic actors who contributed to this exciting cinematic experience were Greg Kinnear, Keanu Reeves, J.K. Simmons, Hilary Swank, and Katie Holmes (who has never looked hotter), though my favorite on screen reveal hands down goes to Ricky Bobby’s dad - Gary Cole. After watching this movie, you will agree with me…what a great entrance (hehe)! I was also surprised to see Danny Elfman’s name in the credits as an actor, normally he’s credited for his fantastic, legendary classic film scores. Another exciting surprise was when a certain character from nearly every other Raimi movie popped up…yes, I’m talking about Annie’s (Blanchett’s) car - “The Classic” - the Delta 88 Oldsmobile which made its screen debut in The Evil Dead (written & directed by Raimi). 

I was also impressed to discover that the screenplay was written by Billy Bob Thornton, and the story itself was actually based on his own mother’s reputed psychic abilities.

I recommend this movie to anyone who loves a suspenseful mystery that’ll keep you guessing who the killer is all the way to the end.

Favorite movie line: “Messin’ with the Devil’s gonna get you burned.” - Donnie Barksdale (Reeves)

-Rocco Bovo