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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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Search for truth. Find freedom. See more »

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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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Despite being a large role in the film, Meryl Streep's role of the Chief Elder isn't a prominent role in the novel. See more »

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The bikes do not make click sound despite the fact that several character were able to stop peddling and continue to move. See more »

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The Giver: Her name was Rosemary. She was my daughter. I loved her.
Chief Elder: Precision of language.
The Giver: Haha! Could not be more precise.
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Overall Good Quality Movie
18 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overall, The Giver was a good, quality movie. It conveyed an important message: we need the bad in order to appreciate the good. I definitely plan on buying it when it comes out on DVD.

First, what I thought wasn't great about the movie: I thought the first little bit of the movie was rushed, as well as another segment later on. I also don't feel that time was conveyed well—almost a year passes from the beginning of the movie to the end, but the movie portrays it as just a few days. As a result of the time warp, we don't properly understand how love develops between the characters. We also don't see enough of Fiona's and Asher's development—they play key parts towards the end, but their actions seem out of the blue.

Now, the good of the movie: Above all, this movie conveys what I think is a very important message about needing pain with joy. I also appreciated that they touched on the differences between simply "a family unit" and having a real family. The emphasis on love as overarching was also good and appropriate. I appreciated that the movie doesn't show details of the painful memories but still is able to convey a little of the sorrow from them.

Again, I think this is a great movie overall. And I left the theater wondering, "Will we remember? Will we remember that love is worth the price of sorrow?" I certainly hope we never forget.


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