It is about an alternative society where people live in peace and harmony. The catch here is that they do not have memories.
By Zach Dennis Posted: Everyone agrees with each other, no one lies, they have a curfew and they don't ask questions. In the ever-increasing young-adult genre in film series like "Divergent" and "Hunger Games""The Giver" wants to be different from its predecessors, but ultimately, ends up being just like all the other adaptations.
Brenton Thwaites stars as Jonas, a boy on the cusp on graduating and earning a job. In this world, people are assigned their careers by the elders of the community following their childhood years. Jonas has two good friends, Asher Cameron Monaghan and Fiona Odeya Rusha family at home that keeps him in line and the prospects of entering the world and finding his place.
But this task is also scary for Jonas, as he fears he may not have a place within society. During the ceremony to assign jobs, Jonas is passed over and, in the end, given the task of becoming the next "receiver of memories" by the Chief Elder Meryl Streep.
He will work with the current receiver Jeff Bridgeswho then becomes the giver. The Giver is tasked with sharing the memories of a life that no one remembers and holding onto the pain that comes with them.
In this society, the terrors such as war or famine have been taken away from the memories of its people, but that also comes with the good emotions being lost as well.
This is apparent through conversations with the people, even Jonas' family members, throughout the film. They have a set time where they share "feelings" from the day and when the topic of love comes up his mother Katie Holmes and father Alexander Skarsgard ask him to re-word what he is asking them about.
Bridges plays the part well, giving wise, Obi-Wan-like sage advice to young Jonas while they train. But where "The Giver" loses track is when it attempts to stretch beyond the conventions of its genre.
He says and thinks the right things, but he never makes us to believe that this is something he is actually doing with free will. Also, his friends are lifeless. Fiona feels like every love interest, whether from "Hunger Games" or "Divergent," as she plays the part of being available when the hero needs a smooch or needs to be pushed forward.
She expresses a desire for free-thinking, yet she merely follows Jonas to a tee, and her personality remains as flat as those of the rest of the town.
Still, the movie is never awful. Noyce is able to bring an inventive visual change to the film by alternating between black and white and color, depending on where Jonas is with his training with The Giver and how much he has broken from the regular rules set by the Chief Elder.
It is a movie that preaches about individualism and being realAug 14, · Jeff Bridges portrays the title character and Taylor Swift is the last, unsuccessful Receiver in “The Giver,” a spirited film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal-winning novel. Phillip Noyce's adaptation of Lois Lowry's dystopian novel stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Odeya Rush The Giver, out Friday.
Director Phillip Noyce creates a terrific visual look for the film's setting, with slickly designed sets,eye-catching effects and a colour scheme that begins in black and white and slowly adds.
Directed by Philip Noyce and based on the YA book by Lois Lowry, The Giver essentially rips in half the mother archetype, tied to the Moon-Lunar principle of nurturing, feelings and emotion.
On one end of the spectrum is The Elder (Meryl Streep), an elegant feminine energy who has taken matters into her own tribal hands after an apocalyptic.
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Sep 18, · Directed by Philip Noyce; starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift.
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