Directed By – Sam Raimi
Screenplay By – Billy Bob Thornton & Tom Epperson
Cinematography By – Jamie Anderson
Starring Cate Blanchett
Let me start out with KATIE HOLMES’S BOOBS! Now that’s not the only reason you should watch The Gift but they’re pretty big ones.
As the movie right before Raimi went off to make the highest grossing movie in its opening weekend ever at the time with Spider-Man, The Gift is a super strange blend of genres including old school Raimi horror, southern drama, courtroom drama, a mystery movie, a murder movie, and a ghost story. And it is all tied together in a single story co-written by Billy Bob Thornton?! Like what the hell is Billy Bob doing here, but it’s actually a good and (most importantly) an original story and Raimi brings it to life successfully. The sound design is top notch.
The cast is terrific and Blanchett does an good enough job with the southern accent. Besides Blanchett the cast includes Giovanni Ribisi (you might know him as Nicolas Cage’s fuck up brother in Gone In 60 Seconds or Phoebe’s half brother in the hit show Friends, or a series of other things), Keanu Reeves (this guy is in a little known movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure but I think that’s it), Katie Holmes (see opening statement), Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank, and J.K. Simmons (who I only mention because I’m super excited about his new movie Whiplash).
This movie has a lot of things to offer (like KATIE HOLMES’S BOOBS) and is worth a watch.