My review of The Giver, from the Lois Lowry novel, with Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites
On Monday, August 11, 2014 I attended the virtual World Premiere of The Giver, broadcast live to select movie theaters around the country, from the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. The screening began just minutes after we learned of Robin Williams' untimely passing.
In some ways, as star/producer Jeff Bridges acknowledged on the red carpet, and repeated in his introduction to the film along with producer Harvey Weinstein, there are many messages in The Giver which are even more salient when reflecting on the loss of this amazing man — although to be more specific would give too much away, and this is a spoiler-free review. Those who've read the book understand. For those who haven't, you must see this extraordinary movie.
The Giver takes place in a tight-knit post-apocalyptic society devoid of feelings and emotions. The Elders who rule have, through generations of indoctrination and the use of daily-administered drugs (anti-personality vaccinations), been able to reduce all humans to little more than lifelike robots.
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