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The Gift
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04.01.2003 By: Dr. Drew
The Gift order
Director:
Sam Raimi

Actors:
Cate Blanchett
Giovanni Ribisi
Keanu Reeves

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A widowed single mother (Cate Blanchett) makes ends meet by telling people's fortunes and seeing into their pasts and futures. When a local townsgirl (Katie Holmes) goes missing, her gift of clairvoyance allows her to see into the clues which will ultimately determine the facts behind the mysterious disappearance.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I enjoyed this movie from start to finish as a spooky supernatural murder mystery but found myself pleased more with the collection of great acting performances rather than the movie's story and eventual unraveling. Cate Blanchett checks in with her usual solid acting chops, no real complaints here as she does a fine job holding the movie together as the lead actress. Giovanni Ribisi, playing a halfwit mental patient, scared the living beejesus out of me, a frighteningly believable showing. Hell, even Keanu Reeves decides to get into the mix and show off his inner thespian…he's quite convincing as the psychotic wife beater. In supporting roles, Katie Holmes was "superb" (See the Bonus Prescription at the end of the review) and Greg Kinnear was well, Greg Kinnear.

The movie's premise was interesting but never really gripped or held my attention more than I had hoped. The story basically sets everyone up as a suspect and then spends 2 hours bouncing around small clues which purposely manipulate the viewers into pointing fingers at various suspects. While it was marketed as a thriller, this film is actually more geared towards the dramatic so don't go in expecting too many surprises or screams.
THE EXTRAS
"A Look Inside: The Gift" is a 10-minute behind the scenes featurette which offers your basic fluffy array of interview clips with cast and crew, spliced with footage from the movie. While not terribly long or informative, it was an interesting glimpse into the flick's production. Next up is the music video for "Furnace Room Lullaby" by Neo Case and Her Boyfriends. The movie's theatrical trailer rounds up the added extras. While it might be lacking in terms of supplements, the DVD's got some creepy ass menus with great animation and spooky sound.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This DVD release basically offers an average/above average supernatural murder mystery with a measly selection of extras. If you're looking for a late night thriller that offers a handful of jolts and surprises, you should be satisfied with what The Gift has to offer. See it for the movie, not the DVD. PS: Alright, you horn dogs, now I'm gonna do my part by providing all you warm blooded males at home the added "bonus" that you're all looking for. Insert this DVD, select the time option on your player and punch in this time, "1 hour 36 minutes, 25 seconds.", it'll jump straight to the unveiling of Katie Holmes' "gift". Enjoy!
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