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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