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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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Search for truth. Find freedom. See more »

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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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15 August 2014 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

As Jonas slides his chair back from the Giver, after their first session, the glass of water he put on the floor next to his chair seems to disappear but it is just visually blocked, for the most part, by a leg of the chair. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Ordinary Human
Written by Ryan Tedder
Performed by OneRepublic
Courtesy of Mosley Music/Interscope Records
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Fantastic and Faithful Adaptation
18 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I have seen reviews comparing the Giver (unfavorably) to other teen dystopian movies like Divergent and Hunger Games. That's actually a compliment, the Giver is not more of the same stuff, The critics seemingly can't accept that people are smart enough to get the point of Lois Lowry's book, and that people aren't smart enough to enjoy, much less understand, a character study and a societal study. Mindless action, needless violence, and transforming robots are all absent here. I have a feeling though, that people are smarter than they think. The book has been popular for at least 30 years, why would people balk at the movie adaptation? The Giver is a project that has been in the back of every movie maker's mind for years, now it's here. Go see it and judge for yourself.


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