“… The bad things, they can be a gift.”
What’s it about?
Simon moves back to his hometown with his wife when he meets someone who went to his school. Instead of posting on his Facebook wall about meeting up but never actually meeting up like normal people do, this guy decides to stop by unannounced, drop off presents and slowly cross into the stalker territory.
Who’s in it?
Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and a very creepy Joel Edgerton.
Why should I watch it?
+ A couple move into a new house and weird things start to happen
+ Sounds like a typical horror movie, right?
+ But no, this is more of a psychological thriller
+ With a mystery that slowly unravels
+ And good pacing that builds tension
+ Edgerton plays Gordo perfectly, weird and off-key but still sympathetic
+ Props to Edgerton for also writing this movie and making his directorial debut
+ Jason Bateman for nails the serious role
+ Blurs the line between a bad guy and a good guy
+ Ending that keeps you debating in your head
+ Like Inception, it shows the power of putting ideas in people’s mind
+ Bit of a Keyser Söze moment near the end
+ Small role from Jenny from The League and Roy from The Office
Why shouldn’t I watch it?
– Kinda makes you apprehensive to openning up presents
– So maybe don’t watch it on your birthday or during Christmas time
– Also, my mum told me that popular kids peak in school so that was pretty unrealistic (light sarcasm)
This is basically the longest anti-bullying ad. Reminder to never do something to others, what you don’t want others to do to you. Although, I did feel really bad for the people who were collateral damage from this psychological game of chess. You know what would be funny? Sending a copy of this movie to people who used to bully you in school. Bet they’d be apologising faster than Lad Bible did with their Wentworth Miller meme.