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.view less