The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift: A Grandfather’s Legacy

A gift’s purpose is to surprise its recipient.

Indeed, Jason was about to receive the biggest surprise in his life. He had no monetary inheritance, his grandfather plot a series of tasks that he must fulfil before he receives his inheritance, the ultimate gift.

Based on a best-selling book of the same title, the story revolves on profound insights into a life experience.

Red’s passing led to the reading of his will, much-anticipated by his children and widowed daughter-in-law. Knowing they weren’t as responsible as him in managing business and estates, he placed under restrictions each heir to their dismay.

As for Jason, Red devised a different plan. He wanted him to learn the value of wealth and happiness through tasks he sets him out to do. If he fails, then it forfeits him from claiming the ultimate gift.

The problem with Jason is being accustomed to an easy life and wasn’t too fond of his grandfather.

In fact, he wasn’t at all excited to do his bidding and even his girlfriend advised him that this might be worth his effort instead of getting a job.

He went to Texas to set up logs as fence over barren land. For someone who hasn’t done manual labor in his entire life, this task taught him the virtue of hard work.

Red and his lawyer Hamilton were lifelong friends. Jason’s second task was to present to Hamilton a true friend. Stripped off from his condo unit, car and credit cards, he was to figure out who his friends are.

He ended sleeping at a bench in the park. A 10-year-old girl named Emily recognized him from Red’s wake and became an unlikely friend. Emily has Leukemia and her mom Alexia was having financial constraints.

Their predicament led Jason to realize what giving and sacrifice really mean. The girl’s impact on Jason made him do things out of compassion. At a chapel in the hospital, Jason uplifts Emily’s spirits by telling her that Jesus’ outstretched arms are meant for her.

For someone who is not a religious type of person, he showed an act of faith.

A noteworthy twist in the story was Jason’s trip to Ecuador. It brought him painful memories of his dad’s untimely death. He discovered Red’s fault and how remorseful he was of that tragedy.

Jason wants to see the plane in the mountains.  He went into the mountain together with a local guide which is how they ended up captured by local rebels. In a matter of days, he learned survival and fighting for his life.

This incident taught him that forgiveness can set him and Red free from long-overdue hurt between them.

Without setbacks, Jason begins to love beyond limitations. His love for Emily and Alexia gave a new meaning for his life’s purpose. The culminating scenes leave lessons that stick to the heart and soul.

Ultimately, the film is commendable for teaching everyone a virtue that will define the character of a person.  The kind of gift that lasts a lifetime.

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Remember

Remember

Remember: Choosing Truth

This film, released in 2012 transports us into a futuristic society under totalitarian rule. In the year 2050, the economy suffered from overpopulation. As a result, the state created a plan which resulted in panic in all the member of the community.

First, they decided to take away all newborn babies from their families. Second,  they imposed that parents intake tablets to erase anxiety and trauma brought about by the separation. Finally, the state taught all the children to remove painful memories. The state believes that inner peace makes for a productive, peaceful citizenry. The unique concept of this story gives us viewers a glimpse of what, why and how it can happen to a technologically advanced society.

Captain Carl works as an enforcer at the Federal Child Protection Agency. His job is to make sure that adults remain compliant with taking memory relief pills and unable to recall having children. Otherwise, his device will prompt him to raid couples who were trying to search the identities of their children.

The conflict started to appear when Carl and his wife Wendy missed their daily dose. Carl goes into a trance where a shadow reminds him to turn the hearts of the father to their children and vice versa. The saying disturbed his thoughts and loyalty to his role at the agency. However, Wendy intentionally missed taking pills in trying to recall her children they stole from her after birth. Seeing a mother’s pain is unsettling. No mother would want to forget her children or having them forget her in the process.

There are several thought-provoking scenes in this film. The first was when Carl was haunted by guilt as a result of shooting Tom, his friend. His trauma, the shadow, Wendy’s persistence at tugging his conscience and the gap in skipping the pills. Pushed Carl to act on reuniting the detained parents and their kids at the agency. The shadow reminded him that only by changing, he could make a difference. And then his action validated his choice to do the right thing, much like we too choose logic, emotions and conscience as deciding factors when we face life-changing situations.

The sneaky way of Carl playing a dual role and alternating his pills intake led to climactic scenes worth looking out. His confrontation scenes with a colleague turned traitor, and unexpected allies will give us an afterthought on those we consider friends and antagonist in our lives.

This film’s core message points out that God has given us The Bible to serve as our guide. A guide to contradict the ideals of Plato and other philosophers that people may use to convince us. Idealism may change, and technology will continue to advance. But we were given a conscience that makes a difference with the way we believe in logic and understands our emotions.

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