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The Giver -- 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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The Giver -- 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.
The Giver -- Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... The Giver

Meryl Streep ... Chief Elder

Brenton Thwaites ... Jonas

Alexander Skarsgård ... Father

Katie Holmes ... Mother

Odeya Rush ... Fiona

Cameron Monaghan ... Asher

Taylor Swift ... Rosemary

Emma Tremblay ... Lilly
Alexander Jillings ... Gabriel 12 Months
James Jillings ... Gabriel 12 Months
Jordan Nicholas Smal ... Gabriel 3 Months
Saige Fernandes ... Gabriel 6 Months
Renate Stuurman ... Dinah
Vanessa Cooke ... Elder
John Whiteley ... Elder
Kira Wilkinson ... Chief Elder's Assistant

Meganne Young ... Bride
Thabo Rametsi ... Robbie

Vaughn Lucas ... Security Officer
Katharina Damm ... Nurturer
Jaime Coue ... Vietcong Sniper

Jefferson Mays ... Community (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Coleman Lannum ... Elder (uncredited)

Irina Miccoli ... Fiona's Mother (uncredited)

Justin Miccoli ... Chief of Security (uncredited)

Nick Uhas ... Groom in Video (uncredited)

Directed by
Phillip Noyce 
 
Writing credits
Michael Mitnick (screenplay) and
Robert B. Weide (screenplay)

Lois Lowry (book)

Produced by
Scooter Braun .... executive producer
Jeff Bridges .... producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... producer: South Africa
Noga Isackson .... associate producer
Neil Koenigsberg .... producer
Alison Owen .... executive producer
Dylan Sellers .... executive producer
Nikki Silver .... producer
Janine van Assen .... line producer
Ralph Winter .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
 
Cinematography by
Ross Emery 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Ed Verreaux 
 
Art Direction by
Christopher R. DeMuri 
Shira Hockman (supervising art director)
Catherine Palmer 
 
Set Decoration by
Andrew McCarthy 
 
Costume Design by
Diana Cilliers 
 
Makeup Department
Daleen Badenhorst .... wig maker
Megan Danner .... hair stylist
Nathaniel De'Lineadeus .... dental FX design and manufacture
J. Roy Helland .... hair & makeup: Ms. Streep
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Thomas Nellen .... personal hair stylist
Thomas Nellen .... personal makeup artist
Nadine Prigge .... make up designer: hair designer
Brandon Swanepoel .... hair stylist
Tyron Sweeney .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Marcie Gibboney .... production supervisor
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Michael J. Malone .... unit production manager
Tom Prince .... executive in charge of production
Julie Rapaport .... executive in charge of production
Lester Sweetman .... Unit & Transport Manager
Janine van Assen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... first assistant director
Emily Kai Bock .... second unit director
Nadia Brand .... second assistant director
Karen Clark .... second second assistant director
Brent Geisler .... second assistant director
Robert Grasmere .... second unit director
Brett Hodgkinson .... second second assistant director
Noga Isackson .... first assistant director
Shamiel Soni .... additional second second assistant director
David Tumahole .... second second assistant director
Gabriel Williams .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Brent Astrope .... construction coordinator
Lise-Marie Bothma .... fabricator
Dan Caplan .... storyboard artist
Darren Christian .... concepts artist
Lucille Doman .... graphic designer
Silke Eckard .... property buyer
Michelle Fairbank .... assistant property master: utah crew
Jo Stuart Fox .... set dresser (2013)
Sara Hartinger .... set dresser
Nathan Victor Honey .... hod scenic
Rocky Jackson .... leadman
Jos Joubert .... stand-by props
Brandon Kimura .... assistant greensman
Frederick Mpuuga .... concept designer
Ian Roylance .... property master
Karl Schulschenk .... storyboard artist
Dean Sherriff .... concept artist
Malwande Sigabi .... set designer
Brendan Smithers .... construction manager
Ulf Suhrmuller .... standby
Cordell Taylor .... greensman
Kerry van Lillenveld .... property master
Lisa Van Velden .... set designer
Alex Wheeler .... bicycle manufacturer
 
Sound Department
Brendan-John Allen .... boom operator
Dale Angell .... sound recordist
Nate Aylor .... boom operator
Justine Baker .... ADR recordist
John Baldofsky .... adr recordist
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
Tucker Bodine .... adr recordist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Greg Crawford .... adr mixer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Mitch Dorf .... adr mixer
Chris Fielder .... first assistant sound editor
Paul Hsu .... re-recording mixer
Paul Hsu .... supervising sound editor
Bobby Johanson .... a.d.r. mixer
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Daniel Kearney .... adr recordist
Frank Kern .... foley supervision
Roderick Lawrence .... ADR loop group
Cole Leksan .... adr recordist
Nico Louw .... sound mixer
Paul H. Maritsas .... sound mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Nick Murray .... trailer sound designer
Angela Organ .... assistant sound editor
Chris Pinkston .... adr mixer
Aiden Ramos .... sound recordist
Michael Rivera .... ADR recordist
Diego Ruiz .... adr recordist
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Mikaal Sulaiman .... sound designer: trailer
Deborah Wallach .... supervising ADR editor
Tim West .... adr mixer
Dave Wilson .... adr mixer
Andy Wright .... a.d.r. mixer
Ryan Young .... adr recordist (as Ryan D. Young)
Daniel Brown .... adr recordist (uncredited)
James Ezra .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Louw Verwoerd .... sound (uncredited)
Ja-Ann Wang .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Beni Alexander .... special effects technician (as Ben Alexander)
Tyrell Kemlo .... special effects coordinator
Julian Koberman .... special effects technician
Cordell McQueen .... special effects supervisor
Chris Romrell .... special effects technician
Michael Roundy .... special effects technician
Ryan Roundy .... special effects foreman
Beni Alexander .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Björn Ahlstedt .... digital compositor: CHE
Kaevski Aleksandar .... matchmove: fx3x
Chris Anderson .... visual effects producer: Method Studios
Bijay Awale .... digital artist
Shayna Banaag .... data i/o: method studios
Drew Beekler .... compositor
Rachel Berry .... visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
Tomas Bezdecka .... matte-paint artist
Mark Breakspear .... visual effects supervisor: Method Studios Vancouver
Elaina Brillantes .... compositor
Robert J. Bruce .... compositing supervisor
Shauna Bryan .... visual effects executive producer
Page Buckner .... visual effects consultant
John Cairns .... compositing supervisor: Method Studios
Wilson Cameron .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Gotham
Genevieve Camilleri .... lead digital compositor: Method Studios Vancouver
Marco Cantaluppi .... digital compositor
Michal Cavoj .... visual effects artist
Min Hyun Cha .... digital compositor
Gerald Cheng .... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse East
Alex Cheparev .... senior modeler
Vincent Cheung .... technical support
Chi-Chang Chu .... lighting technical director
Johnson Chuang .... matchmove artist: Method Studios
Michael L. Clarke .... digital compositor
Jadrien Cousens .... digital matte artist
Rodrigo de la Parra .... compositor
Silvia Debnarova .... digital compositor
Francesco Dell'Anna .... digital compositor
Ravi Deula .... compositor: visual effects
Christopher DeVito .... cg animator/rigger
Matt DiNardo .... digital compositor
Spencer Dinney .... roto artist
Alex Dubus .... senior lighter
Kyle Dutton .... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
Colin Ebbeson .... visual effects artist
Kelsey Egan .... visual effects producer (segments)
Artur Elson .... visual effects artist
Christian Emond .... digital effects artist
Bryan T. Evans .... Tracking Supervisor
Michael Fessenden .... visual effects: Pipeline technical director
Charlotta Forssman .... visual effects producer
Derik Gokstorp .... pipeline technical director
Christina Graff .... visual effects producer: CHE
Paul Graff .... visual effects supervisor: CHE
Robert Grasmere .... visual effects supervisor
John Grimaldi Jr. .... digital compositor: CHE
Petr Hastík .... compositing supervisor
Chris Healer .... visual effects executive producer: The Molecule
Lukas Herrmann .... head of matte painting: UPP
Jep Hill .... cg supervisor
Jeremy Hoey .... digital matte painter
Ed Holdsworth .... digital compositor
Mike Hong .... modeler: Method Studios Vancouver
Martin Hromadko .... data operator
Nadja Hromádko .... Visual effects production coordinator
Ryan Hussain .... effects animation
Todorovski Ilija .... matchmove
Mario Jaros .... visual effects artist
Zahid Jiwa .... lead compositor: Method Studios
Tomas Kalhous .... head of 2D: UPP
Preeya Kalidas .... visual effects coordinator South Africa
Alvin Keung .... digital compositor: Method Studios
Aditi Khosla .... visual effects artist: The Molecule
da Suel Kim .... visual effects artist
Alexander Koehl .... lighting/lookdev technical director: Method Studios
Franz Kol .... digital compositor
Lenz Kol .... digital compositor
Vaclav Kostun .... tracking/matchmove/layout artist
Randy Krueger .... digital compositor
Wicus Labuschagne .... digital compositor
Henry Langstraat .... visual effects producer
Gong Myung Lee .... cg supervisor: Mr.X
Jina Lee .... texture painter
Chévon Leo .... digital modeler (uncredited)
Sean Lewkiw .... Head of 3D
Jackie Liao .... lighting technical director
Mark Lieberman .... compositor
Lenka Likarova .... visual effects producer
Whitman Lindstrom .... matte painter
Manuel Llamas .... digital compositor
Shannon Y.F. Lum .... visual effects coordinator
Prabhakar Maharjan .... digital compositor
Armen Mailyan .... digital compositor
Tracy McCreary .... visual effects coordinator
Jim McVay .... senior lighter
Kirsten Meekison .... visual effects
Aryel Melek-Shalom .... Lead 3d artist
Djordje Milasinovic .... digital compositor: UPP
Eliav Mintz .... visual effects assistant coordinator
Harsh Mistry .... effects technical director: Method Studios Vancouver
Paul V. Molles .... visual effects producer
Laurel Montgomery .... digital production manager: Method Studios
Natan Moss .... digital compositor (GOBAUG VFX)
Andy Mower .... digital compositor: Method
Viktor Muller .... visual effects supervisor
Erin W. Nash .... senior compositor
Sujeen Nepali .... digital compositor
Donal Nolan .... digital compositor
Lisa Nolan .... visual effects artist
Danielle Norgate .... digital compositor (Method Studios)
Naoki Oyagi .... digital compositor
Peter Palarik .... digital compositor
Peter Palarik .... digital compositor: UPP
Sehwi Park .... pipeline technical director
Chris Paxson .... motion control technician
Jennifer Pearson .... visual effects editor: Method Studios
Vasho Pekar .... digital compositor: Method Studios
Victoria Penzes .... compositor
Sharon Perl-Collins .... visual effects accountant: Crazy Horse East
Rich Pernice .... visual effects artist
Matthew T. Perry .... digital compositor
Chi Pham .... visual effects systems administrator
Fabio Pires .... digital compositor
Viktor Plch .... Head of 3d
Kenneth Polonski .... cg supervisor: the molecule
Esdras Prudente .... paint/roto lead: Method Studios Vancouver
Jennifer Ramos .... visual effects coordinator
Mark T. Reid .... digital compositor
Ari Reisner .... digital compositor
Jonathan Reynolds .... environments lead: Method Studios Vancouver
Tim Riley .... crowd sim lead: method studios
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Gotham
Tessa Roehl .... visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
Justin Rogers-CdeBaca .... visual effects production assistant
Kristine Romasanta .... Render Technician/Data IO
Michelle Ross .... roto artist: Method
Steve Ross .... digital compositor
Kuba Roth .... visual effects
Jesse Russell .... digital compositor
Michel Samreth .... lighting artist
Arielle Sherman .... visual effects assistant editor
Rick Shick .... comp supervisor
Drew Shields .... tracking artist: Method
Kabir Shilpakar .... roto artist
Aleksandra Sienkiewicz .... lead digital compositor: Method Studios
Anthony Simpson .... compositor
Jonathan Skabla .... senior digital compositor
Nicole Smith .... roto & paint artist: Method Studios Vancouver
Andre Steyn .... additional 2nd unit vfx supervisor
Andre Steyn .... digital compositor
Andre Steyn .... on set vfx editor
Mark Trowbridge .... data management: Method Studios
Vaclav Uhlir .... matchmove artist
Jung Um .... digital compositor
Alek Vacura .... modeler
Bojan Valjak .... matchmove
Theuns van Rensburg .... pre-compositing
Jan Wagner .... digital compositor
Paulo Welter .... modeller
Susannah Marie Williams .... crowd td
Selim Yang .... digital compositor
Jesús L. Yapor .... lead compositor
Jose Yapor .... visual effects artist
Adam Zanotto .... digital compositor
Christian Zeiler .... digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Tiffany Tingting Zhao .... compositor
Anthony Zwartouw .... cg supervisor
Tristan M. Child .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Goran Kocov .... lead matchmove artist (uncredited)
Vasko Nikolovski .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Strike Back .... stunts
George Bailey .... stunt rigger
Oliver Bailey .... stunt rigger
Oliver Bailey .... utility stunts
Zweli Banise .... stunts
Sonwabo Banzi .... stunts
Frank L. Bare II .... stunt coordinator
Loyd Catlett .... stunts
Kevin Chase .... stunt rigger
Katarina Grey .... stunts
Dan Hirst .... stunt performer
Gary Hyman .... stunt rigger
Gary Hyman .... stunts
Damon Johnson .... stunts
Shane Josephs .... stunt double: Brenton Thwaites
Steven Kleinschmidt .... stunt double: Brenton Thwaites
Seugnet Liebenberg .... stunts
Gareth Lombard .... stunts
Russ McCarroll .... stunts
Cordell McQueen .... stunt coordinator
Taylor McQueen .... stunts
Voytec Modrezewski .... stunt rigger
Aran Van Niekerk .... stunts
Benny Ou .... stunt performer
Joseph Ou .... stunt performer
Paul Pieterse .... stunt coordinator
Paul Pieterse .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Thomas Plustwik .... Jonas stunt double
Anthony Raynard .... stunt double: Brenton Thwaites
Julian Scholtz .... stunts
Ty Trand .... stunt rigger
Fleur van Eeden .... stunt double
Fleur van Eeden .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Anderson .... director of photography: memory montage
Grant Appleton .... camera operator
Jonathan Beattie .... additional steadicam operator: re-shoots
Craig Bekker .... key grip: second unit
David Bloomer .... still photographer
Mary Boregino .... additional video assist
Kurtis Burr .... second assistant camera utah unit
Michael Carstensen .... second unit steadicam
Ron Chapple .... aerial cameraman
Meike Chinnery .... first assistant b camera
Jeremy Connell .... grip
Daniel Courtright .... key grip: utah unit
Lars Cox .... aerial camera operator
Weston Critchfield .... second assistant camera: utah unit
Roberto De Angelis .... camera operator: "a" camera
Roberto De Angelis .... steadicam operator
Mavric de Beyer .... data wrangler
Wayne de Lange .... underwater camera operator
Elhein De Wet .... second assistant camera: second unit
Damian Doublé .... rigger
Nic Edwards .... assistant camera
Jesse Evans .... camera operator
Jesse Evans .... camera operator: Utah unit
Jesse Evans .... steadicam operator
Tarique Fredericks .... video operator (second unit)
Justin Geoffroy .... hd video assist
Houston Hadden .... first assistant camera
Judd Hillman .... electrician
Ken Hodgson .... key grip: second unit
Ethan June .... key rigging grip (dream sequence) (memory montage)
Zak Katz .... key video assist
Justin Kirschner .... video operator (second unit)
Brad Maloney .... libra head technician
Regardt Maritz .... assistant camera: second unit
Jason Martin .... underwater camera operator
Trevor McIntosh .... assistant camera
Skyler Ostler .... hd video assist
Kristina Tina Piliya .... b unit
Jem Rayner .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Santoni .... first assistant camera
Jed Seus .... assistant camera
Alan E. Stoddard .... rigging key grip: Utah Unit
Michael Swan .... director of photography: second unit
Charles Unice .... grip: Utah unit
Simon Wright .... qtake operator
 
Casting Department
Taylor Beia .... casting intern
Bryn Everett .... casting assistant
Jason Harris .... adr voice casting
Gumby Kounthong .... extras casting: ut
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr voice casting
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting
J.P. van der Merwe .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rick de Souza .... set costumer
Gillian Florence .... key costumer
Inge Hough .... set costumer
Jacomina Jankowitz .... costume supervisor
Koketso Mbuli .... costume assistant (as Kokotso Mbuli)
Natalie Pascual .... costume designer: Utah
Christina Phipps Johnson .... costumer
Covey Quist .... costumer
Tamsyn Lee Wilson .... dyer
 
Editorial Department
Allie Ames .... conform editor
Stephen Bekker .... assistant editor
Jeff Betancourt .... additional editing
Jeff Cornell .... conform editor
Christina Delerme .... digital intermediate producer
Ryan Denmark .... additional editor
Aleks Gezentsvey .... visual effects editor
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Joey Handy .... digital intermediate producer
Keith Jenson .... conform editor
Corey S. Johnsen .... assistant editor
Steven Kemper .... additional editor
Ryan Kenney .... additional color correction
Ryan Kenney .... additional color grading
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate colorist
Ryan McMahon .... conform editor
Natan Moss .... editorial vfx compositor
Benjamin Murray .... supervising conform editor
David Valdez .... post-production assistant
 
Location Management
Peter Currey .... location manager
Andrew K. Hodge .... assistant location manager
Andrew Langton .... location manager: Utah
Mark White .... assistant locations manager
Maggie Munro .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jay Duerr .... scoring music editor
Hillary Holmes .... assistant to music supervisor
Todd Kasow .... music editor (temp score)
Tyson Lozensky .... additional score mixer
Wlad Marhulets .... orchestrator
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Tom Player .... composer: trailer music
Brandon Roberts .... composer: additional music
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Jordan Seigel .... orchestrator
Tomasz Opalka .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Grant Kilian .... transportation coordinator
Kelly Klindt .... driver
P.J. Kotze .... transportation
Brett Miller .... transport coordinator: second unit
Rick Spidell .... driver: cast
Lester Sweetman .... unit transport manager
MarSchelle Walker .... driver
 
Other crew
Joel Alba .... utah set
Darby Allen .... cast security
Elecia Avila .... assistant production coordinator: Utah
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Orli Barnett .... Personal Assistant to Ms. Hofmeyr
Brendon Bennett .... marine crew
Carlotta Brentan .... adr loop group
Marjorie Chodorov .... production accountant (addl photography )
Serena Ciralli .... Basecamp PA
Andrea Dalla Costa .... footage
Toni Crichton .... piano coach
Kathleen Dombo .... production coordinator: Utah
Micheal Flaherty .... production executive
Lola Freidenstine .... adr loop group
Jane Fry .... production executive: completion guarantor
Ashley Greyson .... marketing
Jaycee Gruszecki .... assistant to Ms. Silver
Dan Hirst .... military advisor
Leah Holmes .... post production accountant
Aparna Jayachandran .... script supervisor
Amanda Kotze .... 1st assistant accountant
Roderick Lawrence .... adr loop group
Pearl Lieberman .... additional archival consultant
Adrian Lopez .... executive in charge of business affairs
Jonathan Malaer .... production assistant: utah
Steven Maré .... assistant to producer
Colin McDermott .... key set production assistant: utah
Ryan McDowell .... base camp pa
Sage Miller .... production assistant
Marshall D. Moore .... film commissioner
Kate Morrison .... script supervisor
Ali Moshref .... production executive: completion guarantor
James Muringani .... production coordinator
Bill Olmsted .... helicopter pilot
Andrew Orlando .... property master
Harley Pasternak .... fitness trainer
Connor Rickman .... office production assistant
Dezi Rorich .... unit publicist
Valerie Rose .... Assistant Production Coordinator
Jodi Smith .... Assistant to Mr. Bridges
Mylan Stepanovich .... physical production executive
L. Warren Thompson .... assistant to Mr. Noyce
Katie Tooma .... production legal
Jacques Van Rooyen .... production coordinator
Joseph Anthony Vasquez .... production assistant
Olivier Wagener .... payroll accountant
Bob Wasserman .... additional archival assistant
Brian Wentzel .... key armourer
Jenna Wilcox .... fixer/coordinator
Christian Zuidema .... environmental consultant (as Chris Zuidema)
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Merrill S. Nielson .... post production assistant (uncredited)
Jesse Sarah Vilinsky .... voices (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Andrea Dalla Costa .... acknowledgment
Andrea Dalla Costa .... acknowledgment: additional footage
Shlomo Rush .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence
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The film, although sometimes accurate, doesn't, at any point, follow the sequence of the novel.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: When Jonas is running from the nursery and he passes through the first set of doors the crib that is supposed to have Gabe in it is empty.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Title Card:All memories of the past were erased.
Jonas:After The Ruin we started over, creating a new society, one of true equality. Rules were the building blocks of that equality. We learned them as Newchildren. Rules like: use precise language, wear your assigned clothing, take your morning medication, obey the curfew, never lie.
Jonas:My name is Jonas. I don't have a last name. None of us did. That day, the day before graduation, I admit it, I was scared. Tomorrow we'd be assigned our jobs, our purpose. It seemed everyone knew theirs already. Not me. I was lost. I always felt like I saw things - differently; saw things other people didn't. I never said anything. I didn't want to be different. Who would?
[...]
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25 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Emotions and Decent Acting, 16 August 2014
Author: rgkarim from United States

Books are a means of allowing the imagination to unfold without a budget to hold back your creativity. Yet in Hollywood they are ultimately a means to write the next big blockbuster to draw people to the theaters. This weekend yet another adapted screenplay comes to life in the form of the Giver. Haven't heard of the book? Neither had I until about three weeks ago, so I was excited to see what this movie had in store. What were my thoughts on the film? Read on to find out.

The Giver is not the most exciting tale, merely another story about a utopia where everything is controlled and all negative aspects have been eliminated. At the beginning of the movie, the pace is a little slow, a mere introduction into the world and all its endeavors. It is not until we meet the Giver (Jeff Bridges) that things begin to pick up and thing become much more interesting. The Giver trains his protégée Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) to take on his new job as the Receiver, learning the memories of the past in order to guide the future. While not the most unique story, this tale is interesting in the way it is executed as both cinematography and acting come together to make a fantastic presentation.

We'll start with the cinematography and editing first. The black and white world hasn't been seen in a popular movie since the Artist, but this time we have sound to go along with our nostalgic filter. The lack of color sort of drains you of your emotions, which falls in line with the emotions of the town. As Jonas learns more about the past, things begin to change though and the developing team begins to subtlety introduce colors back to the film. It gradually adds excitement to the film, running parallel to the evolving story and characters within it, until the exciting, albeit downgraded, climax. Perhaps the greatest source of emotion though come from the memories that the two protagonists share. The directors selected great clips to entertain us with, starting simple at first and gradually diving deeper down the rabbit hole. Each memory brings about it a new set of feelings each further developing Jonas to make the choices he makes. Between each of these memories we have Jonas reintroduced back into the world, seeing it through different eyes as he contemplates the inner workings. Often these realizations bring back more colors, as well as further pieces of the puzzle to solve. It is balanced, and very good at teaching us lesson with the emotions that well up with each scene. Here I will warn you to exercise caution with younger minds, for some of the darker memories may be a bit too much, sad or disturbing, for smaller children to handle.

Of course the camera can only do so much, and movies require actors to assist in bringing the players to life. Bridges is my favorite of the bunch, his rugged approach to characters providing the right gruff to make anything both funny and serious at the same time. His sarcastic delivery and straight to the point approach provides both entertainment and lesson, helping to alleviate the tension that builds up in the movie. Thwaites' chemistry with him is good, the boy not only reacting to the new memories, but also trying to handle everything that comes with them. While a bit overacted at parts, Thwaites manages to pull off the role well and was quite enjoyable to watch. While these two are the bread and butter of the movie, the supporting characters have some good acting to further enhance the story. The talented Meryl Streep brings the Chief Elder to life, not necessarily evil, but with evil like qualities she used to maintain order. Streep's voice was perfect for the role of a supreme leader, and her elegant features complemented the monotone suit well. Playing kind of the second in command is Katie Holmes, whose track record has been mixed in terms of acting quality. For this reviewer, she did a great job playing the stern mother, using her stoic facial features from the past to really bring a sense of threat and discipline. Holmes has played plenty of no nonsense roles and she slips right back into the role that both annoyed and impressed me at the same time. Odeya Rush is a very cute actress, who has a great talent for line delivery, executing her lines with the right emotions with the right emphasis. She does have to work a little on her voice breaking, because some her lines sounded more like whining than acting for me. Yet she does a nice job of changing out her acting style as the characters change. Even Taylor Swift makes an appearance in this movie, though her acting hasn't greatly changed from her earlier roles.

To wrap this review up, The Giver is a thoroughly enjoyable movie by how fantastic the emotions are presented. This is a movie that does a great job at teaching lessons, and doing it without the cheesy dialog that often makes Facebook quotes. The combination of visuals and acting are some of the best I've seen in a while, and have not been overshadowed by high explosive special effects. Yet it is not the most exciting movie and has some stretches to accept in order to get the full effect. Is it worth the trip to the theatre? I would say not necessarily so, because there isn't a lot made for the big screen, though I'm not saying you are wasting your money if you do go see it. My scores for The Giver are:

Drama/Sci-Fi: 7.5 Movie Overall: 7.5

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