The Giver doesn't take much time away from you.
Indyfreak - wrote on 08/30/19
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.