|Brenton Thwaites, as Jonas, the Memory Keeper in training.|
You've seen it before. Think Brave New World, for starters. A society devoid of bad human characteristics also robs ciizens of the good stuff. Especially memories.
It's a tradeoff the elders are willing to take. As for the young, well, they don't know what they're missing...until.
The Movie Slut almost skipped this one. "Been there, seen that," she mumbled as she forked over her frequent movie-goer's card. She exited the theater singing a different tune.
Excellent performances by Meryl Streep, as the elder-in-charge, and Jeff Bridges, as the sole memory keeper in the community, enrich this flick.
But it's young Jonas's awakening to the horrors and beauty of genuine human existence that makes this movie worth seeing.
If only, as a society, we could react to the senseless murders committed daily the way Jonas experiences them in the movie. Then, maybe we'd see change.