The Giver

September 23rd, 2014


The Giver

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In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.1/10 (378 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Phillip Noyce

Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep

This film, based on Lois Lowry's book, tells the story of a perfect world. Everyone here is happy. When Jonas is 12 years old, he's chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. He enters into training with an old man called The Giver. From the Giver, Jonas learns about pain, sadness, war, and all the unhappy truths of the "real" world. He quickly realizes that his community is fake. Confronted with this reality, Jonas faces difficult choices about his own life and his future.

Writers: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide

Jeff Bridges - The Giver
Meryl Streep - Chief Elder
Brenton Thwaites - Jonas
Alexander SkarsgÄrd - Father
Katie Holmes - Mother
Odeya Rush - Fiona
Cameron Monaghan - Asher
Taylor Swift - Rosemary
Emma Tremblay - Lilly
Alexander Jillings - Gabriel 12 Months
James Jillings - Gabriel 12 Months
Jordan Nicholas Smal - Gabriel 3 Months
Saige Fernandes - Gabriel 6 Months
Renate Stuurman - Dinah
Vanessa Cooke - Elder

Taglines: You can make things better.


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 15 August 2014

Filming Locations: Cape Town, South Africa

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Despite being a large role in the film, Meryl Streep's role of the Chief Elder isn't a prominent role in the novel. See more »

User Review


Rating: 5/10

I know, I know, that score makes you want to hate on me already. First, let me say that I have read the book and really enjoyed it. It was thought provoking, emotionally engaging, and intelligent. Second, while I enjoyed the book, I am not passionate about it like some people are. So I went into the movie with a completely open mind, just wanting to experience the movie.

First, the positives. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep are fantastic as expected. Both bring wonderful layers to their character. Also, the use of going from black and white to color was used real well to demonstrate what the characters see. The film looks good and is acted well.

Now my complaints. First of all, the setup of the supporting characters felt off to me. The society they live in have a certain set of rules that everyone follows because they were taught to their whole lives. But all the characters broke the rules multiple times in the beginning of the film. That takes you out of the overall feeling the movie is supposed to give you, the message it has to offer.

Next, while the book got you emotionally attached to Jonas and what is happening to him, the movie falls flat. Their are certain moments that have to have the audience fully involved emotionally, but just don't. That is a big negative unfortunately, because you want to care, but the film is too lazy setting you up for the emotional blow.

Finally, the pacing is way off. The middle part with Jonas coming to the realization of what is really going on, is rushed and he makes up his mind like that. That is the most important part of the movie, and sadly it is rushed. Then the movie slows down, and that leads to a VERY anti-climactic ending.

Overall, if you are a die hard fan of the book, then obviously you should see it. Who knows, I may be the only one who doesn't drink the coolade for this movie. But the tone and storytelling are to sloppy and the movie fails to get you emotionally attached. So the result is a mediocre film for me. I still recommend you see for yourself, but just ask yourself: Did I love the movie or did I want to love the movie because of the book?


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