Movie Stats & Links
||Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes,
||Lots of gore,
Jessica gets banged in a bathroom, Jessica gets naked. Leave
them at home.
||She might get the
willies and hold your hand.
||Yup, and Katie
Holmes gets naked in both an alive scene and a dead scene.
||You don't really
see it but some scenes are pretty gruesome.
||Mostly a suspense
||James Jacks, Tom
Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi
What I liked about “The Gift:” A good performance by Cate
Blanchett as Annie, the dudette with the psychic abilities.
They kept you guessing who the killer was until towards the
end. Keanu Reeves as Donnie showed he could be an evil
character. Katie Holmes gets naked.
A Movie Review
What I didn’t like about “The Gift:” Katie Holmes naked
but dead and decomposing. The ending took things to a level
just over the top.
Here’s the story wrap-up. Annie lives in a small,
southern town, with her three kids. Her husband was killed
in a plant accident so to make ends meet she reads cards for
people. Many of the town-folk see her, and she is there to
listen as much as she is there to give advice. The town has
its strange mix of characters, from Valerie (Hilary Swank),
the abused wife, to Donnie, the husband who abuses her, to
Jessica (Katie Holmes), the spoiled rich girl who is engaged
to Wayne (Greg Kinnear), the school principal. There’s also
Buddy (Giovanni Ribisi) who has his own mental problems
which Annie tries to help him come to grips with. One day
Jessica ends up missing, Wayne and Jessica’s dad enlist the
help of Annie to find her, and Annie has a vision where her
body is. Well, the story then turns into a murder trial and
if the right man is in prison. Annie is afraid because she
still feels in danger even though one of the dudes are in
prison, and she knows she must figure out who really killed
Jessica. I’ll just leave the story at that.
“The Gift” won’t go down as one of the best thrillers
mixing the supernatural with a nice murder, but it was
decent at keeping you guessing and pointing fingers saying
“Well, if it wasn’t him then it must have been him, I
think.” I have to admit that I did jump at one point when
Annie kicked a toy truck, so the suspense thing did get to
me a little, and everyone did a good job in their role. You
hated Donnie for being the wife beater, you felt bad for
Buddy knowing he was really messed up, you wanted to yell at
Valerie and tell her to get as far away from Donnie as
possible, and Jessica came off as one of those rich bitches
that we’ve all run into at one time or another, and that all
helped “The Gift” move along as a decent thriller. And for
me all was well until the police chief revealed something to
Annie that puts the ending over the top. I just wanted Buddy
to get away.
And with that I’m giving “The Gift” 3 ½ Stars out of 5.
The ending bugged me a little, although to each their own on
that one, and Katie Holmes did get naked. “The Gift” was a
decent thriller, keeps you guessing, has you on the edge of
you seat, but just didn’t take me to the level of great
That’s if for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!!