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The Giver

In theaters : August 15, 2014

The Giver
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The Giver
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2.8/ 50 - 218 Ratings 4

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3.0/5 - 2 Ratings

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Verdict: The Giver is a visually exciting but predictably overdone young adult movie. What could have been a thought provoking book to big screen adaptation, loses its way. Even Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges couldn't save it.

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Plot: The haunting story of "The Giver" centers on Jonas, a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined - a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all - a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. "The Giver" is based on Lois Lowry's beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Sidhant Shori
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The Giver Review - The Giver reviewAug 16, 2014NewsYoung adult movies are like selfies. Everybody’s doing it.and they’re more or less all the same. All of them have the same basic premise, A dystopian future, society recovering from an apocalypse, people are divided into factions, happiness and emotion are frowned upon, and one ‘chosen’ teenager who wants to break free from the system.   The Giver is no exception. Jonas is a ‘young adult’, living in a community devoid of emotion. People are assigned jobs when they turn 18, depending upon their character. When the time comes to assign jobs, surprise surprise, Jonas is special. He has no one particular strength, instead being equally gifted in all of them. Thus he gets assigned the task of being the receiver. The receiver will possess all knowledge of past civilizations, so he can guide the leaders in avoiding their mistakes. As far as the rest of the populace is concerned, there was no other civilization before them and that they are isolated. As expected, he rebels and wants to return emotion back to his people.   The Giver is not a bad flick, but it could have been so much better. The premise, though done to death, was still quite interesting. The choice to film in black and white until about midway through the movie was a good one, and does help immerse you into an otherwise drab setting. The actors, (Jeff Bridges in particular) do a fine job, and there are a few decent dialogues as well. You can definitely go and watch this film, but be prepared to get disappointed with the ending.Sidhant Shori The Giver Review - The Giver review Aug 16, 2014
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Young adult movies are like selfies. Everybody’s doing it.and they’re more or less all the same. All of them have the same basic premise, A dystopian future, society recovering from an apocalypse, people are divided into factions, happiness and emotion are frowned upon, and one ‘chosen’ teenager who wants to break free from the system.

 

The Giver is no exception. Jonas is a ‘young adult’, living in a community devoid of emotion. People are assigned jobs when they turn 18, depending upon their character. When the time comes to assign jobs, surprise surprise, Jonas is special. He has no one particular strength, instead being equally gifted in all of them. Thus he gets assigned the task of being the receiver. The receiver will possess all knowledge of past civilizations, so he can guide the leaders in avoiding their mistakes. As far as the rest of the populace is concerned, there was no other civilization before them and that they are isolated. As expected, he rebels and wants to return emotion back to his people.

 

The Giver is not a bad flick, but it could have been so much better. The premise, though done to death, was still quite interesting. The choice to film in black and white until about midway through the movie was a good one, and does help immerse you into an otherwise drab setting. The actors, (Jeff Bridges in particular) do a fine job, and there are a few decent dialogues as well. You can definitely go and watch this film, but be prepared to get disappointed with the ending.

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Danish Bagdadi
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Worth a WatchAug 15, 2014
3.0/5
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Aneela Zeb Babar
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Give Me A BreakAug 16, 2014
2.0/5
Katie Holmes in a film set in a world that places a premium on conformity and that utopia is in our control? SOLD. The movie though fails to delive... read more
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