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Great Movie; Disappointing First Premiere!

By karengonzalez974
Written August 12, 2014
BAD NEWS: The premiere was disappointed (except the movie). We were hoping to see the live broadcast & hear Jeff Bridges speak. We didn't get to hear the "One Republic band" which a lot of people enjoy (although we didn't know about them, until now). The red carpet event was cut live, and the movie started with no announcement (maybe this is common) that it was going to begin. Many fans didn't get their sunglasses, & the staff was nice, but not organize at AMC UNIVERSAL CITY WALK. My husband called to complain and the manager's excuse was that they went to picnic at 7:00 pm. I thought picnic ware usually in the day, camping at night, but apparently they went to a picnic. We got 2 ticket refund for our [pain & suffering :( . My husband believed that in some of the scenes there would have been no pain narrating straight from book, while same time it was open to interpretation. GOOD NEWS: MOVIE WAS GREAT!!!! It was simple, understandable, & retain most of the book's authenticity.
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The Giver

By mhodge200
Written August 12, 2014
Thumbs up on The Giver! My son and I went to see the Premiere Red Carpet Event and we were not disappointed at all. The movie was great! There were some technical difficulties that held up the movie but other than that we had a great time.
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The Giver

By karencox335
Written August 12, 2014
We tried to see the Fathom event the first night--but the Waterford Lakes theater in Orlando, FL. lost the link to the satellite, so we didn't get to see it. We were issued refunds and passes to another show, but I was disappointed.
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THE GIVER GIVES MORE THAN A MOVIE

By yaneakascoop
Written August 12, 2014
This movie takes the movie goers away from the book and cast them into their own lives of love, joy, and pain. It teeters with the tragedies and triumphs that makes one human. I enjoyed watching this movie unfold and as always Meryl Streep is amazing; Jeff Bridges gives an award winning display. However, this movie is in debt to the new comers. Brendan Thwaites, Odeya Rush, and Cameron Monaghan. These three put forth most powerful performances and suddenly you wake up out of yourself and confront the emotions that make you whole. If nothing else your gonna feel this movie.
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Disappointing!

By dnelson438
Written August 12, 2014
The movie was great--no complaints there. But the Red Carpet part never happened. Big rainstorms in Houston prevented the satellite feed from being captured. Understanding that no one can control the weather, it seemed that since the feed was delayed (and repeated for each time zone?) it might have been possible to catch the next hour's feed and show it after the movie? Too little information was offered during the 45 minutes we waited in the auditorium. The last info was that we'd see the end of the Red Carpet feed, but after a while, the movie just started. No apologies or further announcements. After the movie, we asked for and received vouchers from the movie theater for future movies, but nothing was offered without complaining. It might have been nice to provide these to patrons as they left the auditorium after the movie ended. It was fun to see the movie early before it opens Thursday, but the $22 price was supposed to include more than a delayed screening.
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