The Gifted shows how important it is to have a good cast. Its offbeat humor is not your usual slapstick kind of local comedy.
But for this type of dark comedy to really work, it needs actors who are willing to push the boundaries and can afford to be both ludicrous and sympathetic.
In The Gifted, Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes and Sam Milby are given the latitude to do some fun stuff with their characters while also playing to their strengths.
The movie is a wickedly cold-hearted tale of jealousy and revenge, a clever dark comedy with a twist which we wont dare discuss here so as not to spoil your viewing pleasure.
Watch it, then tell us if you saw it coming. We didnt. Not right away. But if youd go back to the opening scene that frames the story...
Ostensibly, The Gifted is about the rivalry of two friends from grade school, the rich girl Zoe Tuason (Anne Curtis) and the working class Aica Tabayoyong (Cristine Reyes).
Both highly intelligent, Zoe is grossly overweight (Anne wears a fat suit like Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal) and Aica is plain ugly so theyre both outcasts who have no choice but to gravitate toward each other.
Sadly, the friendship eventually turns to hatred when Zoe becomes envious of Aicas being always No. 1 in class.
It will go to absurd proportions when Zoe manipulates a handsome classmate, Mark (Sam Milby), to distract Aica from her studies.
Failing in this, she resorts to violence and even tries to kill Aica later on.
Directed by Chris Martinez.
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