Hubby and I saw the movie The Giver today which is about a seemingly perfect community, without war, without pain, without suffering, without differences or choices. Actors include: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes.
The movie was well written, produced, and the actors did a great job. The film probably touched too close to home for many considering the direction we are headed with our political correctness here in the US. Only certain words are allowed.
The Guardian says some Americans hail the movie as a timely warning:
The American Spectator ran a column in which activist and Tea Party founding member Mark Meckler, said: “Conservatives, especially pro-life people of faith and liberty-loving Tea Partiers, will identify with certain elements of the movie. In fact, in a few moments, I had to remind myself that this film actually came out of Hollywood.”
There has been a deluge of similarly admiring pieces – headlines include “The Giver: A Portent Of What Might Be?”, “The Giver Is A Glimpse Of Progressivism Gone Wrong,” and “The Giver: A Movie About Life under Liberal The Giver Progressive Control”. Even Sarah Palin has enthusiastically endorsed the movie, in a video posted to her video channel, saying “this movie shows us exactly where we’re headed.”
The Giver is based on a 1993 science-fiction book of the same name by Lois Lowry. It is set in a dystopian future, where an all-powerful government has eliminated all love, color, music, art, dissent and difference; every aspect of life is centrally-controlled by an elite cabal, and humanity has been forced to give up even the memory of individuality. One quote in particular from the film resonated with the film’s rightwing fans; spoken by Meryl Streep’s character, the sinister and all-controlling Chief Elder, who delivers the line straight to camera with intense menace: “when people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” (continue reading this fine article at The Guardian)
Watch the movie trailer:
Deseret News writes Why 'The Giver' is more relevant than ever.
Since its release in 1993, "The Giver" has sold more than 10 million copies and has become a standby in many American classrooms. Yet the film, which opened nationwide Aug. 15, didn't enjoy monumental success its first weekend — netting an estimated $12 million and $15 million worldwide.
I'm hoping that more people will go see this movie, there is really nothing like it.
There is a strong anti-abortion element to the movie. But more than that, there is little value given to life because people have no feelings.
As the 11-year-old hero of Lois Lowry's epic young adult dystopian novel "The Giver," Jonas set on a path to become his society's next Receiver: The person designated to carry on memories of the way his community once was before the government enacted "Sameness," taking everything from color to emotion out of the equation for the population. There's just one problem: Receiving the memories makes Jonas question "Sameness" and escape the only life he's known. (Deseret News)
Go see this movie, it is well worth your time and money.