A young man living in a future where complacency is valued above all else discovers the sinister secrets that hold his fragile society together after being selected to become the Receiver of Memory in this adaptation of author Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning young-adult novel. Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) was raised to believe that conformity is the key to contentment. The society Jonas lives in is a peaceful one, in large part because their collective memories have been entrusted to the Giver (Jeff Bridges). A mysterious yet seemingly benevolent figure, the Giver is the sole guardian of the community's dark and hidden history. When that history is revealed to Jonas over the course of his illuminating sessions with the Giver, the young man learns that the wisdom he now holds could dictate the fate of the entire society. Later, as the weight of that responsibility becomes too great a burden for Jonas to bear, he realizes that his only hope of saving the ones he loves most is to flee. Unfortunately for Jonas and perhaps his entire world, every previous attempt to escape has ended in failure. Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, and Katie Holmes star in a film from director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Quiet American).~Jason Buchanan
Jeff Bridges present the original script reading featuring Lloyd Bridges
Making the giver from page to screen
Jonas' harrowing journey - extended scenes
"Ordinary Human" featurette with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder
Retaining the uniqueness and magic from the pages of a book is sometimes a difficult task for a director to accomplish. There have been great successes in this feat, however, very few ever truly give the book the justice it deserved. Part of that reason is what artists and critics alike like to call, "artistic license"- the right to make any changes they want to a story or piece of art when given permission to do so.
Even the universal success of the original Jurassic Park movie is criticized because the book had so much more. At several hundred pages, it would be difficult to capture every detail. People criticize the Twilight saga and Harry Potter films for changing a characters purpose, or gender, or leaving them out entirely, or adding new characters that never appeared in the books if but for a few lines.
Did that happen in this rendition of the timeless classic, The Giver? Honestly, I don't remember. The book itself is quite small, yet there are countless critical writings about it in literature. It was one of those stories that broke the social norm, and gave people something to talk about. And because it was written for younger audiences, yet had adult like themes, it was a great way for young kids to branch out into deeper, more thoughtful stories. I read the book long ago, but what I remember of it, I can promise, it was all in this movie.
Was it worth seeing in the theaters? Not exactly. Did it have great actors? yes. Is the story well delivered? Yes. Are the special effects a good representation of our times? Not exactly, but the sets were different and strange, in a good way.
All in all, my concluding statement is, if you read the book, watch the movie. Its fun. Then go read the book again. See for yourself.
I have not read the book, but I have seen the play (and will see it again in a couple of weeks). The movie-makers could do a lot more than a stage-bound production can offer, but seem to have gotten lost in the wilderness once the protagonist makes his break from orthodoxy.
The film is fine until the last fifteen minutes, when they trimmed out some “journey” and left me wondering just where this guy was going. The deleted scenes feature helps to fill this gap - it should have been left in. But the bottom line is that he traverses a lot more territory than his map indicated he would he seeing - I’d be interested to know how the book treated this segment.
As a story, it’s engaging (until that last quarter-hour) and thought-provoking.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Incredible combo on this movie! You get the Blu Ray, the DVD and the digital version - all for one low price! The film is very good. Love Ms. Streep as the "baddie"! LOL Fascinating Bonus material - especially about the film was made after languishing for several decades.
I've read all four books in The Giver Quartet (yes, there is more than one) and have loved every single one of them. I was a bit nervous to find out that there was going to be a movie, so many movie adaptions fall short, but not this one. This one was everything a fan of the book could possibly hope for plus some. In the bonus features there is an interview with Louis Lowry and even she has said that the movie was everything she could hope for, so you know that it is going to be good.
The basis of this movie is finding the lost "human feelings" from a robot like community. A secluded community, governed by Streep trying to hold on to the state of "No human Feelings" while Jeff Bridges is trying to find a Giver that can re-establish the state where human feelings such as Love exists. This is a good philosophical movie and worthwhile to watch several times to really understand the underline story.
This movie is quite interesting. One word of advice, do not adjust your television color when you first start the movie. It is SUPPOSE to be black and white. I had to do a factory reset on the television half way through the movie to get my colors back... You have been warned!
Overall... a very good movie, but would recommend you get the details in a good afternoon's worth of reading.
I am a big fan of the book series, but have been disappointed in many book adaptations in the past. I entered with low expectations and it was a decent movie. As aa reader of the series, I did appreciate many of the golden eggs throughout. This is more a review of the content than the actual dvd itself. It reached my expectations as far as dvd quality, but I expect nothing less from best buy.
awesome movie. a movie about society not knowing anything such as color or discrimination and foul language. however, you will notice that life is dull and boring without things such as color. the humans need to change their flaws. great movie about someone growing up in their teens that discovers this hidden truth that a futuristic society tried to remove with medication.