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Film: THE ULTIMATE GIFT Genre: Drama Year: 2006 Director: Michael O Sajbel Main Characters: Red Stevens - (James Garner) Mr Theopillis (Bill Cobbs) Alexia (Ali Mills) Emily Rose ( Abigail Breslin) Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) Stevens Family (Various Actors) Films in general have a story line, but this one also has a message; it is a fable based on the ideal that wealth does not necessarily bring happiness. In this film Jason struggles to find his purpose in life. 'The ultimate gift' opens in an unusual fashion with Red a self made billionaire grandfather who is terminally ill, explaining by means of a film the legacy he has left to his indulgent and self-centred grandson. Instead of the expected cash, there are twelve tasks described as 'gifts' contained in a sealed box. ...read more.


Later, he befriends a girl named Emily who is suffering from leukaemia and her unmarried mother. He finds that money can be used to help people but it cannot be used to buy friends. He also finds that true friends come at no price. Gradually he changes from being selfish and self- absorbed to being happy and more successful person. He also falls in love with Emily's mother Alexis. In the film there are five main characters. Red Stevens who is played by James Garner is the main character around whom the film revolves. On his death Red lives a will in which his assets are to be shared amongst his family. Red knows that with the exception of Jason, his family do not love him only his money. He therefore gets Mr Theopills his lawyer to help Jason discover himself. ...read more.


He is selfish and uncaring. Later as he goes through the tasks he develops into a loving caring person. He develops from looking only for himself to looking out for others. This film has used various camera shots, angles and lighting. Use has been made of long shots showing the whole scene to show what the characters are doing and close up shots to show the facial features. Lighting to show the time of the day and also mood of the characters. These film effects have been added by the background sound effect. For example, loud exciting music for adventure and soft smooth songs for mood/atmosphere. Michael O Sajbel has directed a film that will appeal to all age groups. The main message of the film is that money does not buy happiness. What bring happiness are the twelve gifts ranging from work to love. I really enjoyed this film and feel everyone should see it. You don't want to miss the Ultimate Gift. ...read more.

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