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The Giver (2014)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  15 August 2014 (USA)
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In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

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This film, based on Lois Lowry's book, tells the story of a perfect world. Everyone here is happy. When Jonas is 18 years old, he's chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. He enters into training with an old man called The Giver. From the Giver, Jonas learns about pain, sadness, war, and all the unhappy truths of the "real" world. He quickly realizes that his community is fake. Confronted with this reality, Jonas faces difficult choices about his own life and his future. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,305,016 (USA) (15 August 2014)

Gross:

$45,089,048 (USA) (5 December 2014)
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Early in the movie, it is made very clear that Father broke a rule by looking up Gabe's name and that it must be kept secret that he did. However, once Fiona starts working with the babies, she calls one of them by name while talking to a coworker and it seems totally normal and acceptable. See more »

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Jonas: Your instructions said I can lie. Do you lie?
The Giver: All the time. Mostly for personal amusement.
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Ever seen the movie Equilibrium?

So... first of all, I have not read the book so this is not a comparison. Not to the book at least.

But the story... It's not an original one, to be honest. And, as a movie at least, it's told and shown less alluring then the movie I know that tells a similar story; Equilibrium.

Some other reviewers also state that you don't really get emotionally connected to the characters, with which I have to agree.

All in all it's really not a bad movie and the underlying moral is beautiful! But if a movie tells a story you've heard before it's easy to compare it with each other and, in my opinion, the other told it better.

So; if you did like it or liked the story but missed the connection; Equilibrium!


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