The Giver (2014)
Critic Consensus: Phillip Noyce directs The Giver with visual grace, but the movie doesn't dig deep enough into the classic source material's thought-provoking ideas.
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Critic Reviews for The Giver
Noyce tries to thread the needle by hewing close to his source material while peppering in some grander-scale sci-fi business to keep things moving. It doesn't remotely work.
This might be an anti-pharmaceutical, anti-cult, anti-plot, anti-suspense allegory. It could also just be Thanksgiving at your robot-zombie in-laws.
For much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama.
The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles.
As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings thoughtful wonder to the role of a young man who is thrilled and frightened by what he learns.
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Not my usual type of thing, but it was a free rental and I was interested to see Taylor Swift act, so... As it happens, Taylor's scene is about 2 minutes long, so I don't know why her name is on the cover. This movie is okay. It's pretty standard of a YA novel made into a movie. If you liked The Host, The Hunger games etc, this will be right up your alley. I sat through it so it was watchable, but it's not overly memorable. Acting was so so.
**. So here is another movie that sat on my Vudu for a while that I just kept pushing back. But, with some free time I was like "Hey! I should watch that". I think I saw 1 trailer for this and really had no idea what was about. Basically, the world is changed and people have no memory of the way things were. Everything is black and white, right and wrong, and as bland as possible. Then a young boy becomes a receiver of memories, so he can see what life used to be. He gets these memories from the Giver(Jeff Bridges) and things will change forever. This really is kind of like a pussy version of "Hunger Games" and "Divergent". There's little violence, and it's one of those "things changed, and someone rises up to free people" movies for young adults. The thing that separates this is Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. I'm really curious how the filmmakers got them to agree to this as they are both better than this. But, they do good and bring a certain level of credibility to it. The movie is visually pretty good. But the story lacks any real punch. Maybe this was meant as a series of films? I have no idea. But, on its own, it's just "meh" at best. Worth a watch if it's cheap, but nothing that will really be remembered or talked about.
An interesting and unique concept that makes you wonder the benefits of promoting 'Sameness' butnthis movie just stalls halfway and never regains the audience!
The Giver Quotes
|Jonas:||If you can't feel, what's the point?|
|The Giver:||We are living a life of shadows, of echoes.|
|The Giver:||With love comes faith and hope.|
|The Giver:||You have the courage. Let me give you the strength.|