The Gift (2000)

SAM RAIMI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2000.  Lakeshore Entertainment, Alphaville Films.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Independent Spirit Awards 2000Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000.

Cate Blanchett is excellent as a medium in a small town who has terrifying visions of the town’s recent murder victim () and is given clues as to the body’s whereabouts. She tries to tell authorities what she’s seen, but they’re very hard to convince.  is ineffective as the evil character who beats his wife (Hilary Swank) and terrorizes Blanchett: the only reason he is frightening in his most menacing scenes is because of how good Blanchett is at being scared of him. Not too many surprises, but interesting.

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