Redemptive, Liberating Science Fiction Fable
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff
Bridges, Meryl Streep,
Alexander Skarsgard, Katie
Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Phillip Noyce
Executive Producer: Scooter Braun, Alison Owen,
Producer: Jeff Bridges, Genevieve
Hofmeyr, Neil Koenigsberg,
Writer: Michael Mitnick, Robert B.
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Jonas lives in a dystopian society without color or feeling. When he turns 18, he and his friends are assigned jobs. Jonas is assigned a special position as the Receiver of the memories. Not knowing what that means, Jonas is nervous, but he goes to the edge of the community to meet the Giver. The Giver is an older man who has all the memories of history that he must pass down to Jonas. Jonas and the Giver are the only people in the community that will know the real history of the world. The community leaders have decided that those memories of pain, death, sorrow, happiness, joy, etc., prevent humanity from organizing a happy society. In order for the community to be rid of all these emotions, each member takes an injection every morning.
As Jonas receives the memories from the Giver, he starts to think that everyone should feel these emotions. Deciding not to take his morning injections, Jonas starts to feel more and fall in love with his childhood friend, Fiona. Fiona works in the nursery with the newborn babies. Each baby is given out to a family unit to be raised by that unit. When the baby isn’t growing properly or has some deformity, it’s killed. Only Jonas realizes the tragedy of the killing of the baby. When his family unit takes in a baby, he starts to feel attached and decides to give some of the memories to the baby. One day Jonas sees his father taking the baby to the center to be killed the next day. This spurs Jonas into action. He decides to save the baby and to destroy the border of memories so the people can be human again.
THE GIVER is an interesting, inspiring movie based on a best selling novel. THE GIVER has a clear storyline with good acting. The memories Jonas receive look like stock photography, but otherwise, the production values are high quality. The movie will definitely interest its audience of older children and teenagers.
THE GIVER has a strong Christian, redemptive worldview with a strong moral, anti-statist message attacking humanist schemes promoting a big government that controls each and every person. The movie extols love, compassion, self-sacrifice, and faith. There’s also a baptism scene and a couple important references to the Christmas hymn “Silent Night.” These are mixed with some light Romantic and politically correct elements. Also, the movie inserts references to false religion, Islam and Hinduism in a couple scenes, but these are overwhelmed by the movie’s Christian, redemptive, moral content. There are clear pro-family and pro-life messages, including the plot to save the baby. Furthermore, there are many clear Christian references and allegorical elements. Media-wise, freedom-loving viewers should enjoy THE GIVER.
THE GIVER is an absorbing, inspiring science fiction fable with no crude content and a pro-life message. It has a clear storyline, with some fine acting. THE GIVER has a strong Christian, moral worldview attacking authoritarian government and euthanasia. There’s also a baptism scene and important references to the Christmas song “Silent Night.” These are mixed with some light Romantic, pagan elements, but, ultimately, love, faith, family, and self-sacrifice are extolled. Media-wise, freedom-loving viewers should enjoy THE GIVER.