THE GIFT (18)
D: Sam Raimi
Paramount/Redbus/Alphaville/Lakeshore (Sean Daniel, Ted Tenenbaum, Gregory Goodman & Robert Tapert)
USA 🇺🇸 2000
W: Billy Bob Thornton & Tom Epperson
DP: Jamie Anderson
Ed: Arthur Coburn & Bob Murawski
Mus: Christopher Young
Cate Blanchett (Annie Wilson), Giovanni Ribisi (Buddy Cole), Keanu Reeves (Donnie Barksdale), Katie Holmes (Jessica King), Greg Kinnear (Wayne Collins), Hilary Swank (Valerie Barksdale)
Deep South mystery starring Cate Blanchett as a widow with psychic abilities who holds the key to a murder investigation, but the local folks cause mischief.
Blanchett's performance lend credibility to this otherwise ridiculous hokum which throws in far too many characters simply for the hell of it. Katie Holmes, as the victim, tries to shed her wholesome image by shedding her clothes, but is woefully miscast for the role, with a diabolical Southern Belle accent.
It's also quite ironic that, for a film about a main character with the gift of clairvoyance, the majority of an audience can anticipate what will happen long before she does.