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Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Giver Review

Ready to take what The Giver wants to give? 
The Giver Review – Brenton Thwaites…hmm…boy…didn’t I just see your movie the other day? So fast got another movie out? I sure hope it’s better than his debut movie I watched earlier. Jeng jeng jeng
Receiver...Elder & Giver
Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) are new graduates who will be assigned to their role in a perfect world. This perfect world practise sameness among community so there won’t be any discrimination against another human being. Jonas is picked to be the Receiver of Memories. His Giver (Jeff Bridges) trains Jonas to gather how humans lived before the forefathers decided to change it. As Jonas learns more truth, he feels that his life has had no meaning since everything he knew all this while was ‘engineered’. Jonas is determined to unveil to the society how things were. To achieve his mission, he must go to the edge…with the Elders trying to protect their current way of life, will he make it?    
Come closerrrrrrrr......
Better performance from Brenton this time around or perhaps because he was in the company of two Oscar winners (Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges). Yet the story was still a slow pace. Bridges seemed tired with all the information he has in the memories while Streep as a strict elder ‘protecting’ her community was spot on. Katie Holmes & Alexander Skarsgard had minor roles as the mother and father. Oh Taylor Swift made a cameo sans her blonde hair in a blink and you might miss it scene. Most of movie is shot in black and white so emphasis on the colourless world the new generation lives…done ala Pleasantville starring Toby Maguire and Resse Witherspoon sometime back. If you ask me, I still prefer Pleasantville over this futuristic flick.

Mother & Father
The good part about this movie was when Jonas was ‘receiving the memories’. That’s when one gets to see ignorance is not actually bliss. What is the use if one can’t feel love? No emotions? I would pick pain over absence of feelings anytime. Wouldn’t you too?  
Geng Giver wayang! 
P/s - Thanks Irene for the tickets! 

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