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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 Red Carpet Event

By sfpilgrim31
Written August 13, 2014
The premiere was boring and unprofessional. The movie was visually attractive and adequately acted, but very preachy. I can see how the book might be useful for middle class middle school students with little experience of the world, but the basic story has been told often enough before and the content of the film consisted largely of acting out a tired argument.
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Great time at the world premiere of "The Giver"

By cbartiste
Written August 12, 2014
This was my first Fathom Event, and it was spectacular. Watching the actors arrive for the screening and seeing them on the red carpet added a wonderful touch to the advance screening of the movie. I loved seeing the movie before anybody could tell me about it. The movie was an amazing experience to share with my daughter. And on the day we heard of Robin Williams' death, it also touched on what's really important in our lives and our families. Thank you for a truly wonderful evening.
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The Giver

By ljmixson
Written August 12, 2014
Loved this film well worth viewing with your preteen children but adults will enjoy too. Lot's of drama, action and suspense. Interesting premise relevant today. Well delivered story by an excellent cast. Very visual and creative in directing and cinematography. Can't wait to read the book and see this film again.
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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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