Having never read the book in high school, I found myself in the vast minority of audience members quick to make side-by-side comparisons between the two distinctly different mediums. Instead, I watched this film with no background knowledge whatsoever, and what I found is that The Giver is just another underwritten teenage dystopian social commentary that doesn't seem to know what subtlety is. Though more engaging, there's nothing innovative to be found here. 4/10.
Robert Rodriguez's return to Frank Miller's relentlessly bleak neo-noir world was about six years too late for the mainstream movie-going audience, but that's far from the reason it failed to live up to the innovative first installment in this as-good-as-dead franchise. Sporting an all-star cast and top notch effects, A Dame to Kill For had just about everything going for it except an original script. Playing out like an emotionless carbon copy of the first, Sin City 2 is entertaining to watch, but will undoubtedly leave disappointed and wanting more.. 4.5/10