Imagine a world in which pain has been eradicated, where social engineering and drugs have quelled jealousy, hatred—even love—an egalitarian world where, for the sake of sameness, people’s ability to see colors has been blocked. Picture a community where destinies are assigned by “The Elders”, dictators who also get to decide who is inept and should therefore be euthanized—including babies. This is the dystopia depicted in The Giver.
Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, The Giver is the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s mind-probing and oh-so disturbing novel. Disturbing because, in its absurdity, it strikes a chord and sends a warning: When man wants to tamper with nature and control everything to create utopia, he creates dystopia. Worse still, he destroys the very heart of humanity.
But this movie has a serious flaw. It seems to ignore Christian history while highlighting Islam--something one assumes is an oversight and not a deliberate bias--especially in a time when Christians are being beheaded for their faith.
Janey DeMeo M.A.
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