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The Gift (Widescreen)

Cate Blanchett , Katie Holmes , Sam Raimi    R (Restricted)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars the gift May 25 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Cate Blanchett does a fabulous job in this movie, it's all chilling and keeps you on your toes, the music helps with that too.
I would order it and suggest others do also for a good evening of chills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie I saw in 2001 Jan. 7 2004
By Ellen
Format:VHS Tape
I happened to come upon this movie one night in the video store. I was gleefully surprised by the suspenseful plot and the genuinely good acting. The actors in it are less well known overall, but it was the best movie I saw in 2001. I recommend you pick it up at the video store too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Talented cast lift this out of mediocrity May 8 2004
The Gift is destined to always be a three star out of five film, though don't let that dissuade you from watching it, because that's not to say that it's worthless. Far from it. Co-scripted by Billy Bob Thornton, The Gift relates the rather straightforward story of a woman (Cate Blanchett) haunted by her psychic visions of the murder of a young girl (Katie Holmes) from the backwater town she lives in. Red herrings abound, almost to the point of ridiculousness where you begin to suspect pretty much every character bar Blanchett's.
What lifts the movie out of its mediocrity is the fact that it's cast does so much with the slight material they've been handed. Blanchett proves that Elizabeth was no fluke, giving a typically strong performance of a woman on the edge of breakdown. Given her recent casting as lead in movies such as Charlotte Gray and Heaven, along with some high profile supporting roles in Lord of the Rings and The Talented Mr. Ripley, this is one actress who's undoubtedly going to go far. Every bit as good as Blanchett though is Giovanni Ribisi, playing a deranged man-child who forms an unwholesome attachment to Blanchett. His weepy yet electrifying performance rivets the movie in place in a much more powerful way that Keanu Reeves' bearded psycho could ever manage. Surprisingly, director Sam Raimi has also managed to garner Oscar-winner Hilary Swank who, despite turning in a solid performance, gives the impression that Boys Don't Cry might have been the best role she's ever likely to get in a while if she's taking relatively small roles in something like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of a review on Keanu Reeves's part April 25 2004
By Minya
The plot of this movie could've been a bit better (it was rather predictable and, to me, slow at points) but I found the cast very good. I found all the characters believable. I was especially impressed by Keanu Reeves's character (who was really the reason i rented this--I'm a huge fan) who I didn't expect to be very good. I didn't think he could pull off a villian role (even in "The Watcher" he never eally showed much of an evil side) but the first little...outburst effectively freaked me out. I just can't stand him with a Southern accent...
So, I really recommend this movie if you're in the mood for a mystery movie. Not that there's much mystery to it really.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Raimi can do better. But we still love ya Sam. March 22 2004
Sam Raimi takes a detour from his blood and guts horror fare (that's Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness to you Mundanes) to create this spooky picture about a woman with the, well...the gift to perform tarot readings for the local townsfolk. The movie is most specifically about the deep south and its inhabitants. This movie taught me that apparently everyone living in the south is some kind of freakish, backward, ill-educated slob. Such a sadsack cast of characters provides plenty for Kate Blanchett's character to do as a result. Mostly, she acts as a psychiatrist.
More irritating is the use of completely non-Tarot-like reading. In a movie where Kate's character is perpetually harassed for her "Satanic" rituals of Tarot-reading, it's bizarre that an actual Tarot isn't used. Instead, we get the dumbed down version: symbols that represent the four elements, a star, a square, etc. The symbols are used to good effect -- when she reads the future of a murder victim, she draws four "water" cards. But really, couldn't they have used real Tarot cards? I expect a wee bit more daring from a guy who filmed an eyeball popping into a woman's mouth.
But I digress. The two outstanding actors in this film are Keanu Reeves and Giovanni Ribisi. That's right, you saw me type that correctly -- Keanu Reeves. Keanu has a typically vapid look about him that makes him a canvas for more complex stories. I call it the Kevin Costner effect. This is why he works so well in the Matrix -- he's bland enough to allow the ridiculously complex backstory of the Matrix to swirl around him. But what's most startling is to see that vacuous stare used to startling effect in The Gift. Add a few pounds, give Keanu a shaggy beard, and his soft brown eyes become the cold glaze of a killer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLANCHETT'S GIFT March 4 2004
Cate Blanchett is brilliant in the leading role of Annie Wilson in this wonderful movie. Blanchett is approaching Streep-status in her ability to completely embrace her role and pivot a movie into its highest potential. She is aided by a wonderful script by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson; the beautiful and evocative music by Christopher Young; Jamie Anderson's gorgeous camerawork and a stupendous supporting cast: Hilary Swank, Greg Kinnear (a much better actor than one would have thought); Keanu Reeves (his most effective performance yet); Giovanni Ribisi (remarkable in his role as a troubled car mechanic); Gary Cole, Kim Dickens, Katie Holmes, and even Rosemary Harris' small role as Annie's grandma. Sam Raimi's pacing is excellent, and there are some extremely powerful scenes.
But the movie is Miss Cate's and she is awesome to watch.
A real winner!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Supsenseful Character-Driven Thriller!
Annabelle 'Annie' Wilson (Cate Blanchett) is struggling to make ends meet and to make a life for herself and her two sons after her husband died suddenly. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Silmarwen
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Premise, but......
Well, worth seeing, about a psychic in the south (Cate Blanchett) enlisted to help find a missing girl (Katie Holmes. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Danielle
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for the movie, 1 extra star for Katie
The movie is so full of great stars - Cate, Keanu, Hilary, Katie.... Cate is as usual a very fine performer. But I don't think Keanu is believable as the bad husband. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by T. W. M. Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mystery Thriller
In this suspenseful story set in a small southern town, a widowed mother of 2 played by Cate Blanchett gets caught in the midst of a murder mystery, which unfolds with the guidance... Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Jed Shlackman
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film ruined by trite, predictable ending.
This could have been, should have been, a terrific thriller. The acting by all is definitely first rate, the direction tight, the setting perfect and creepy. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Rosie Cotton
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but predictable
This is only vaguely similar to the Sixth Sense, but it also reminded me of Blair Witch. Although it's predictable in places, it's not too predictable so you know what's going to... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by Meesha
3.0 out of 5 stars Blanchett is great, Ribisi is awesome and Reeves is evil
this one is about Blanchett and shes the towns local psychic with her tera cards and stuff. Hilary Swank visits her about her abusive husband played with pure evilness by Keanu... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Michael Bolts
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