Overall Rank: 5732
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 44
Theatrical Release Date: 08/15/2014
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 11/25/2014
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Phillip Noyce
Actors: Alexander Skarsgård, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan
Plot: In a seemingly perfect world, where everyone is always happy, Jonas, a 12-year-old boy, is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. He trains with an old man known as The Giver - and is introduced to pain, sadness, war - and all the other unhappy truths of the "real" world. He soon realizes his perfect world isn't real - and he must come to terms with he choices and his future. -- Chris Kavan
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Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/18/2016
Has its moments, but overall The Giver just never quite comes together. Apparently Jeff Bridges considered this kind of a passion project and worked for years to bring this to the big screen. It's too bad the end result is a such a mediocre letdown. But, hey, Taylor Swift has a cameo, so there's that.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/02/2015
The plot, solid and earnest acting of Bridges/Streep, music and editing were the highlights of the film. Dull leads, realism (yes baby Gabe has been thru a lot didn't he and yet survives with Jonas) and too hopeful ending were the negatives. Screenplay was good but overall a fair futuristic drama that touches on striving for a perfect society, idealism, removing emotions, race, religion and sometimes common-sense in the movie flow.
Cavernstones - wrote on 09/13/2014
Given the premise for the story there really aren't any twists or turns to help keep your interest. Stuck in a controlled environment world of reality, Jonas begins to realize what he's been missing. You can guess what happens from there if you've watched any dystopia/utopian movies. I found out it was based on a novel, but felt more like a short story without a lot of depth to the characters. Well directed and acted and no glaring holes. Just an underlying current of not having any concerns (for me as an audience member) about the characters.
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Indyfreak - wrote on 08/30/2019
Based off the acclaimed bestselling children's novel, a triple threat for drawing audiences these days, this adaptation of "The Giver" grapples with heavy concepts like love, death, sadness, and loss through the lens of a Y/A dystopia.
It doesn't always stick the landing but there are some surprisingly effective scenes with haunting implications;it's rated pg-13 but contains infant euthanasia (?!?). The cast is okay but you can see the beats coming with most of the characters And admittedly, I kept forgetting Meryl Streep was in this whenever she appeared. Jeff Bridges is pretty good as the wise mentor.
It's a short watch at about 90, 95 minutes and there isn't much in the way of action. It's much more of a drama but the message remains a solid one.
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 07/08/2019
Everything is connected.
Everything is balance.
Where there is good, there is bad.
Can you imagine yourself a world without colors? A dull society where everyone is equal because some social values were smoothed and human emotions such as joy, passion, wonder, lust and love were banished. All this to ensure that conflicts won’t arise anymore. This seems to me quite frightening. Of course, this also provides a number of positive benefits, such as the non-existence of hatred, revenge, jealousy and imperious feelings. Everything for a conflict-free and serene society. A kind of bungalow-park in the clouds where everyone apologizes all the time for everything and nothing (“We accept your apology.“)
And that’s how “The Giver” begins. In slight nondescript gray …
smeagol - wrote on 10/18/2014
Much in the same vain as divergent and a host of other movies. this movie is set in a world where people live without certain feelings and enjoy a sameness lifestyle if they take their daily injections.
for some odd reason the elders choose to give someone the gift of memories and makes him a reciever.
for which he see's things he has never known war death love kissing fear etc. he soon realizes they are all missing out and sets out to restore their humanity.
this was a very boring movie nothing really happened. then it ended., none of them seem to feel love etc but yet they play games and so on it makes no sence and is tottally illogical. the ending was so easy so simple and so pointless. the scenes looked tacky it just isnt a good movie at all. the only thing good was the scenes of …
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