The Gift is an American film made in the year 2000, it was written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson, and was directed by Sam Raimi who went on to direct the much loved Spider-man trilogy. The film is a supernatural thriller starring Cate Blanchett as a woman who has psychic capabilities; it co-stars Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear and Hilary Swank. It is perhaps widely known for Katie Holmes’ memorable topless scene, and this has been mentioned in other films on numerous occasions including Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies.
Annie Wilson (Cate Blanchett) possesses the gift of psychic powers and supports herself and her family by reading the cards to neighbours who want to know what the future may hold. When the wealthy, beautiful, and sexually promiscuous Jessica King (Katie Holmes) goes missing, her bound and ravaged body begins to haunt Annie through her visions. When the murder investigation becomes short on leads, the police are forced to turn to Annie’s special powers for help. The supernatural becomes terrifyingly real when Annie’s gift becomes her only hope to stop the killer before she becomes the next victim.
Unfortunately the only things The Gift has going for it are Katie Holmes’ breasts; never have I seen so many talented actors wasted in such a terrible film, and I have been writing movie reviews for close to seven years now. The plot was incredibly thin, and perhaps Billy Bob Thornton should stick to acting and leave the writing to professionals because the script and story were notoriously bad. The one thing I did find good about The Gift was thanks to director Sam Raimi, for keeping the film very realistic and not jumping straight to special effects for some supernatural effects. With the exception of Greg Kinnear, all actors did their jobs relatively well, but I feel they were extremely wasted on what is quite frankly a very bad movie.