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The Giver (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Giver
... Chief Elder
... Jonas
... Father
... Mother
... Fiona
... Asher
... Rosemary
... 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
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Storyline

After The Ruin, a civil but colorless, drug-dampened, equalitarian society eschewing memories of the past emerged, where everyone followed established rules of politeness enforced by a council of ever-watchful Elders. On the ceremonious day of graduation, teenagers leaving childhood are assigned careers chosen by the Elders. Jonas, who feels different from his appointed parents and his two best friends, Fiona and Asher, finds himself assigned to the rare position of Receiver of Memories, trained by a mentor (later called The Giver), who telepathically imparts memories of the world before The Ruin. Jonas learns emotions such as love, fear, excitement, loss and the concept of family, but when the planned elimination of a baby named Gabriel, whom he comes to love as a brother, enters his awareness, Jonas decides society needs to change, which the Chief Elder will do anything to stop. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/revised by statmanjeff

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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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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El dador de recuerdos  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,305,016, 15 August 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,089,048, 5 December 2014
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Katie Holmes plays Brenton Thwaites's mother, even though she is only ten years his senior. (This is entirely appropriate to the story, as families, in this future, are assembled by the state rather than biologically connection.) See more »

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When Jonas flees through various terrain and weather conditions at the end of the movie, his wardrobe changes a number of times to where he finally wears a thick winter parka. All the while he never has a backpack or bag or anything with him and the baby when he initially flees on the motor bike. And where could he have even gotten a spare parka from anyway, since the whole society was climate controlled to perpetual summer-like conditions? See more »

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Title Card: From the ashes of The Ruin, the Communities were built. Protected by the Boundary. 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 ...
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The Holly and the Ivy
Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
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Interesting Premise
18 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

After The Ruin, a colorless equalitarian society is formed without memories and everyone follows rules established by the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) and the Elders. The population uses drugs to stay happy and on the day of the graduation, the teenagers leave their childhood and are assigned to a career chosen by the Elders. Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) lives with his parents and has two best friends, Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan), and he feels different from his friends. He is assigned to be the Receiver of Memories and he is trained by his mentor, The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who gives memories of the world before The Ruin. Jonas learns emotions such as love and fear and the concept of family. When he discovers that the baby Gabriel that he loves as a brother will be eliminated, he decides to change his society but the Chief Elder will do anything to stop him.

"The Giver" is a film with a story with and interesting premise about a "perfect emotionless society". The execution seems to be a combination of the black and white of "Pleasantville", "Brave New World" and the lack of emotions through the use of drugs of "Equilibrium" for teens. The result is a reasonable and forgettable movie, with poor development of the characters and situation. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Doador de Memórias" ("The Memories's Donator")


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