Take Me Somewhere Else
We decided to watch three movies this week. I’ll start with “The Giver” first.
While I have read many reviews about this movie being like “The Equilibrium”…I did not see that movie. And while this movie is based on an American children’s novel written back in 1993 by Lois Lowry…I didn’t read the book. Maybe that’s why I liked this movie so much.
“The Giver” is a story surrounding Jonas, who is days away from adulthood in a post-apocalyptic society where there are no lies, no rudeness, and no war. Everyone wears the same clothing, eats the same food, says the same thing. Their world is drab and gray, yet happy. And that’s how the Elders like it. High above the clouds, Jonas learns his fate during a ceremony. He’s to be a Receiver. All memory of the past has been wiped away from the inhabitants, and they’re to take daily medication inoculations to become sedately obedient. Becoming a Receiver, Jonas will be among the very VERY few who will be allowed to learn the memories of the past so he can better help the community’s future. In doing so, Jonas learns the ugly truth about love, emotions, war, hate, and civil unrest, and he also learns that his entire existence has been one big lie.
In the three movies we’ve watched this week (Maleficent, The Signal, and The Giver) we’ve seen this very same actor, Brenton Thwaites in all of them. This wasn’t intentional on our part. It’s just how it happened. How refreshing to see someone so young (and strikingly handsome) and able to act! We sat there actually feeling sorry for Jonas as he grows into his humanity. The movie was only 97 minutes, so it seemed sort of rushed to me. The bonus was…it wasn’t really a love story as much as Jonas learns the emotions he’s been feeling for a while is actually love.
This is a great rent. We intend on adding it to our library because the story is incredible. The acting (with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep) were top-notch. The best line from Meryl Streep was, “You can just sit with the rest of the Elders, and just close your eyes.” Without giving anything away…when you hear that line…you can laugh just like I did. Meryl Streep is just flawless.
Enjoy the movie. But most of all…enjoy the song they play during the credits. It’s called “Ordinary Human” by OneRepublic. That song is exactly what we needed during THIS time in our humanity.