The Gift (2000)

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Sam Raimi tries his hand in M. Night Shyamalam territory in a supernatural thriller that sees a psychic haunted by images of the murdered girl whose police investigation she is aiding.

Basically, it’s The Dead Zone meets The Sixth Sense, but unfortunately it’s as good as neither. The ensemble cast of quality character actors are uniformly good, especially Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi and there is some stylishly effective J-horror inspired imagery from Raimi. But it owes a little too much to Mr. Shyamalan as it suffers from the same drawbacks; namely the whodunnit element which is far too obvious. Anyone with two braincells to rub together can guess who the killer is within about half an hour – I spent most of the film praying it wouldn’t be so obvious, but in vain – and the Twilight Zone twist at the end is frankly irrelevant.

But it is a well made chiller that’s worth an hour and a half of anyone’s time. Just don’t expect to be amazed.

6/10

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