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The Gift (2015)
"The Gift" is a gift to anyone who bothers to watch it.
"The Gift" is Joel Edgerton's first film as a director (he also writes the film, and plays the character of "Gordo"), and what a wonderful attempt it is. Let me start by saying that this is not the horror movie that the trailers make it out to be; it is a deep, psychological thriller that will leave you wondering how and why characters made certain decisions. The writing/dialogue is superb in this film: you have to really pay attention to every little word mentioned in the film, as they have a heavy significance on the outcome of the film. The writing would have been in vain were it not for the fantastic actors: Jason Bateman (Simon) takes a wonderful turn from his usual comedic roles, and puts in the best performance of his career, without a doubt. Rebecca Hall (Robyn) also turns in a fantastic performance as the scared, and somewhat confused, person in the midst of all the film's drama. However, the star was always going to be Joel Edgerton (Gordo). Edgerton was born for this role; he is so convincing as this "weirdo" that for two hours, I did not see Joel Edgerton; I saw Gordo. Edgerton is able to make the viewer sympathise with Gordo, despite the fact that he continuously delves deeper into the heart of evil with each of his actions. The slow shots in this film, and the way that Edgerton paces it is truly a sight to be seen. All of his shots are full of thought, and are extremely artistic. Overall, "The Gift" is the best film of 2015, so far, without a doubt. Ignore its trailers, and go out and watch the film, as it has not received anywhere near the amount of hype that it deserves. 8.5/10 Toes
The Conjuring (2013)
Pretty good, not the best though.
The Conjuring starts off as a usual horror film, embracing some age old horror film. But getting in to the scarier bits, it separates itself from your usual horror films. Overall, not to spoil the film, The Conjuring is a witty horror film, delivering some great scary moments through out. Although The Conjuring is a enjoyable film, it relies on old horror movie film ideas, particularly at the start of the film. I mean, how many times has this idea of moving in to a haunted house been done? The characters are not strong enough as well, quite unrealistic. I mean, some of the most screwed up things happen and the family are terrified, but the next day, they act completely oblivious to the previous night's horror. The film does contain very good jump scares though. Especially towards the end of the film, when the family are in the basement, before they perform the exorcism. The plot was slightly predictable to say the least. Overall, a solid film.