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Redneck Keanu Reeves in The Gift

Redneck Keanu Reeves in The Gift



Director Sam Raimi is an expert in genre-twisting. Back when he was making The Evil Dead he so overloaded his gore epic that it eventually became funny. With The Gift he takes on a genre even more arcane: the British whodunit. Then he does weird shit with it. First he transports the whole shebang to the Deep South to remove all traces of afternoon tea or warm beer. Then he gives us Cate Blanchett as a clairvoyant detective who can’t quite make out the identity of the murderer – well, it wouldn’t be much of film if she could, would it? And then, as a masterstroke, he takes a raft of famous faces and casts most of them against type: the normally pale-and-interesting Keanu Reeves as a redneck; Hilary Swank – who had just won an Oscar for playing a transgender teenager in Boys Don’t Cry – as the most glamorous puss in town; Greg Kinnear, best known in 2000 for playing a gay role in As Good As It Gets, he’s the red-blooded lead. And Raimi got Katie Holmes to take her clothes off in a scene recently voted “Hottest Sex Scene in  a Movie” by GQ. No one saw that coming. Otherwise it’s whodunit business as usual, with red herrings, blind avenues, bumbling policemen, epiphanies at midnight and, of course, a completely now-why-didn’t-I-see-that ending. Enjoyable as hot buttered toast.

© Steve Morrissey 2013


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The Gift (2000)
Run time: 111 min
Rating: 6.6
Genres: Crime | Drama | Fantasy
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves
Trivia: A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.
Storyline When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica’s fiancée, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can’t help, but this doesn’t stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica’s fate. Written by FilmFanUK
Plot Keywords: widow, abusive husband, pond, clairvoyant, grave
Box Office Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $432,409 (Italy) (31 August 2001)
Gross: $13,139,364 (Europe) (31 August 2001)