Rebecca Hall, who, in the just-out-on-home-video thriller THE GIFT, plays a young wife recuperating from a failed pregnancy and movng into a new home in a new town near which her husband went to high school back in the day. When, in the film's second scene, a high-school classmate of her husband makes a surprise appearance as the couple are shopping, the plot of this better-than-average, slow-burning mystery takes off.
Joel Edgerton (shown at left), who essays the role of the high school "friend" and also starring the ever-reliable Jason Bateman, The Gift proves highly watchable and full of low-key tension that builds nicely. The questions Who is this guy and what does he really want? crop up immediately and are handled with some finesse, as the more kindly wife (Hall, below) pleads for a little understanding of the poor guy, while her gruffer hubby wants nothing to do with this interloper who keeps bringing the couple unwanted housewarming gifts.
The movie, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and running 109 minutes, hits the street on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital formats tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, for purchase or rental.