The Gift (2000)
Directed by Sam Raimi
This mostly forgotten Southen Gothic, mystery thriller deserves a second look. Directed with great restraint by Sam Raimi. (director of the infamously over the top Evil Dead films) This mystery/thriller avoids a lot of formulaic plot turns of the genre. It's mainly focused on the lives of the many troubled characters. Most of the characters in this film either have a dark past or present. The characters are all connected to Annie Wilson(Cate Blanchett) the medium who the townspeople give donations (money) to tell their fortunes. Annie has a gift, a supernatural gift that's been a blessing and curse. Troubled people seem to always need Annie's help. This has gotten Annie into some dangerous predicaments. Mainly from wife beater Donnie Barksley (Keanu Reeves who is excellent) who doesn't appreciate her telling his wife(Hilary Swank) that she should leave her abusive husband. After the towns trampy rich girl Jessica King (Katie Holmes playing against type, also excellent) goes missing, Annie gets visions. Her visions lead to finding Jessica's dead body in Donnie's pond. After Donnie is put away for murder, Annie has doubts he committed the crime. In my opinion that is the only weak point of the film. When Annie has visions that tell her Donnie is innocent, she never sees who Jessica's murderer is. Right away w/o knowing who did it, she decides to inform the other 2 likely murderers that Donnie is innocent. Annie is very trusting for someone who has visions of awful things. After we realize Donnie is innocent (in mysteries it's never the most obvious person) it becomes very clear who is guilty, the cuckold finace. (Greg Kinear... who is again doing what he always does, reading his lines while looking bored). While the mystery aspect of the film dissolves and the supernatural thriller aspect isn't as suspenseful as it intended to be, the film is still a great drama. It's a wonderful dark southern gothic with terrific performances all around(well except Greg Kinear) ☆☆☆ out of 4 stars.
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