Enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. Great acting, good writing and directing. Kept me engrossed from start to finish and that is saying a lot as not many movies hold my complete attention for that long. The acting of the whole ensemble was adequate but primaries especially did well with their roles. Keanu Reeves was very convincing as a backwoods wife beater and Hillary Swank played her part as the long suffering wife to a tee. Cate Blanchette was excellent as Annie Wilson, gave just the right touches to be realistic as I do know of several "seers" in real life and she captured their essence completely in my opinion.
The Gift (2000) 1080p YIFY Movie
The Gift (2000) 1080p
The Gift is a movie starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, and Keanu Reeves. A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.
IMDB: 6.74 Likes
The Synopsis for The Gift (2000) 1080p
When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancée, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate.
The Director and Players for The Gift (2000) 1080p
The Reviews for The Gift (2000) 1080p
Fascinating filmReviewed bydiablomissouriVote: 10/10
Get a load of the talent involved in the making of The Gift: Evil Dead creator/Spiderman director Sam Raimi called the shots; Best Writing Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton co-wrote the script; and future Oscar winning actresses Cate Blanchett and Hilary Swank led the great cast that also featured the always reliable Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves (giving one of the best performances of his career) and Katie Holmes's tits (she might not have won any Oscars, but she's the owner of a magnificent pair of Golden Globes!!!). On top of all that, regular Raimi collaborator Christopher Young provided a marvellously eerie blues-tinged score that perfectly complemented DoP Jamie Anderson's excellent atmospheric cinematography. With credentials like those, it's no big surprise that the film is such a hugely enjoyable experience.
Raimi plays his horror perfectly straight for a change, brilliantly blending tense supernatural scares, emotional drama, supernatural mystery, and even courtroom drama to make The Gift one of the most mature and well-rounded films of his directorial career. The film's only weakness is that the finale is perhaps a little too predictable, the villain's identity rather easy to guess and the ghostly denouement inevitable, but with such expert handling and excellent acting throughout, this is pretty easy to overlook. In fact, The Gift is such a hauntingly effective film, it makes me wonder why Raimi bothered producing a remake of over-rated Asian horror The Grudge when he already had such a truly great ghost story under his belt.
8.5 out of 10, rounded up to 9 for IMDb.
Cate Blanchett's performance alone make this solid thriller worth watching. I saw her in this movie, and I became baffled as to why she wasn't considered for an Oscar nomination. She carries this film on her shoulders, and never once budges. Not only does she totally get rid of her Australian accent and perfectly don a Southern accent, but she gives a deep, powerful performance as the innocent widow, Annie Wilson, who is looked down by many in her community but simply wants to share her psychic gifts with her willing clients. Blanchett communicates great emotion with a simple facial expression. Of course, I also have to give it up for the multi-talented supporting cast. Though most of them, with the exception of Hilary Swank, couldn't really nail down the Southern accent, they are absolutely terrific. The only actor I felt was miscast was Katie Holmes. Not only is her accent phony and over-the-top, but she just seems too young and innocent for the role. Giovanni Ribisi, on the other hand, is a revelation. I knew, ever since his breakthrough performance in "Suburbia," that he had great promise as an up-and-coming actor, but in "The Gift" he delivers his most powerful performance up-to-date. I would even argue that he deserved an Oscar nod. He constantly stirs up sympathy in his audience, despite his mental instability and momentary outbursts of anger. I was also extremely impressed with Keanu Reeves, who delivers a genuinely haunting performance. It's times like this where I just can't fathom why many people still insist on picking on Keanu, regarding him as dull and cardboard. Personally, I thought he was great ever since his emotional performance in "Permanent Record." But he better demonstrates his versatility as an actor as the abusive Donny. He made his debut, as a villain, in the throwaway thriller "The Watcher," but I found him much more haunting in this role. Plus, he sports a rugged look, totally shedding his pretty-boy image. Greg Kinnear is good and subtle, and Hilary Swank continues to flaunt her brilliant acting abilities as the vulnerable wife of Donny who constantly takes beatings from him, yet still maintains her love for him. The story is very intriguing, revolving around a cast of colorful characters. This isn't a "scary" movie as it somewhat looks in the previews, but it is full of mystery and thrills, without cheaply going for shock value. There is a nifty twist at the end, which is credible and not thrown from left field, but the plot isn't packed with surprises. We're simply going along on an emotional journey, through the mind of our protagonist, Annie, and that's how the tension is created. Sam Raimi creates a haunting mood and Billy Bob Thornton wrote a fine script. The story is easy-to-follow, and not as mind-bending as some of these other supernatural thrillers. Just keep in mind that this is not a horror movie. But it's a good mystery and a good mood piece and a damn good film altogether. My score: 7 (out of 10)