The Gift – Edited
Set in a small Louisiana town, this supernatural thriller features Annue Wilson [Cate Blanchett], a local psychic, whose “gift” is quite popular in the area. Recently widowed, Annie is attracted to school counselor Wayne Collins [Greg Kinnear], but quickly finds out about his impending wedding to Jessica King [Katie Holes]. However, when King turns up missing, Annie is brought in to see if her “gift” can help the investigation. Although a body is found and a man put on trial for the crime, do they have the guilty party? Slowly but surely, the mystery unfolds as Annie puts together the pieces glimpsed through her gift.
This is scary viewing! This is adult viewing or for older teenagers. The intensity increases as the plot unfolds in this extremely well acted film. There is still graphic violence: a drunken husband slaps his wife and throws her to the ground. This is a reality-check for anyone who doesn’t realize what drunks are capable of. Annie’s calm, loving demeanor towards her three sons and the people who come to her house seeking “readings” with her cards carries throughout the entire film. Annie makes it clear she’s not a fortuneteller and calls what she does a “gift”, without acknowledging any Deity. I won’t watch this again, but if you’re into scary, give the edited version a go-for.