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The Giver (2014) Movie Information

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Phillip Noyce


Alexander Skarsgård
Meryl Streep
Jeff Bridges
Brenton Thwaites
Odeya Rush
Cameron Monaghan





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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 07/18/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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.

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Daniel Corleone 08/02/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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.

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Cavernstones 09/13/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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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Matthew Brady 09/05/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Another movie that has been in the making for while. Okay let me just start of with the good because I have a lot of nick picks about this film. The acting from Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and the other cast did great job in there roles and the movie at times is in black and white and I like the black and white because am a sucker for black and white, I know it's strange but it's true. Now for the problems and they is a lot. The movie is not very remediable, and the movie kind of drags at parts and some people are not going to like this movie, maybe they do or maybe they don't, who knows.

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10/18/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Boring illogical and just not good

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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