‘The Giver’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment.
Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most.
At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
This film was very well done. Although this is not a Christian film, you could apply some things to Christianity. Since it didn’t show a need for God within the film we won’t be adding it to CFDb. Here are some highlights:
- From the ashes the community was built. Memories were erased and the community existed through rules and medication. Everyone was assigned their purpose – no free will whatsoever existed there. (In case anyone reading this is thinking that might sound like Heaven…far from it! Not at ALL what God has in store for His children.)
- Without giving any spoilers I’ll just say it really gives you a respect for ALL life, young, old, in between, and animals.
- Emotions are a gift and so is music. An appreciation of all of our senses.
There was something quite disturbing to me about this film but it took several days for it to sink in exactly what that is. Think back to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God told us not to eat of it but we did and the result was sin and pain and death…
He never wanted us to know the evil because it wouldn’t help us, only hurt us and I couldn’t help but think this movie was saying that God’s rules and us not knowing evil was a bad thing, like it was against our free will. If I could erase all the evil I’ve known or done in my life I totally would. Peace and joy in God is enough and will be enough after sin is gone. The film really promoting breaking the rules and how that was a good thing. I just don’t want people to think it’s ok to break God’s laws. Jesus told us in John 14:15 – If you love me, keep my commandments and to all the 7 churches in Revelation He tells us it’s the overcomers that will eat of the tree of life. Revelation 1:7 – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
From a Christian standpoint, the True Giver is the giver of all good things. Besides the greatest gift of salvation through Jesus Christ His Son, we’ve been given the gift of free will and never more did I appreciate that gift as when I watched this film. Not only did I appreciate free will but I really appreciated all life and the wonderful variety God’s given us in nature, animals and in people and each of their different gifts. Life IS a beautiful thing, even in this sinful world, but ONE DAY Jesus will return and sin will be no more. Then it will be truly perfect.
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