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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.

Director:

Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Michael Mitnick (screenplay), Robert B. Weide (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alexander Jillings ... Gabriel 12 Months
James Jillings James Jillings ... Gabriel 12 Months
Jordan Nicholas Smal Jordan Nicholas Smal ... Gabriel 3 Months
Saige Fernandes Saige Fernandes ... Gabriel 6 Months
Renate Stuurman Renate Stuurman ... Dinah
Vanessa Cooke 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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You can make things better. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence | See all certifications »

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Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

South Africa | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El dador de recuerdos See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brenton Thwaites was twenty-four years old during filming. This is exactly twice the age his character was in the original novel. See more »

Goofs

When Jonas and the Giver walk home from their first meeting, they pass by some people assembling a tree. From this point on, the shot is flopped (Giver on Jonas' right, and the brake lever and swing arm of the front wheel fork of the bike on the left side). The image stays mirrored until they separate, when Jonas asks about the one before him. See more »

Quotes

[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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Features Samsara (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Written by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber
(Incorrectly attributed as 'Traditional')
Performed by The von Trapp Children
Courtesy of Rattlesby Records, Inc.
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Yet another young adult film
25 December 2014 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I have not read the book and certainly will not after seeing the movie. Basically it felt like a mash up of several recent films, combining the futuristic and oppressive world where people are not allowed to feel, the rules that are "for the good of the people" and where people are being assigned their roles in life, where everything is iPhone white and boring gray and where there are some young adolescent heroes that are willing to change the world. The movie ends with a horrible deus ex machina that makes everything work out fine, despite any reasonable expectation.

Now, I rate this film an average because people acted well, the film was reasonably well directed and at no moment in time did I feel like there was any attempt to do anything more than what was on the screen. So the film does not fail as a cinematic endeavor. It does fail personally, for me, as it made me feel nothing except "oh, this is taken from Divergent! Oh, this is from Equilibrium! Look, they couldn't afford Tom Cruise, so they cast his ex wife".

Bottom line: nice looking and boring, just like the future society the main character fought against. The imagery and emotional content was as heavy handed as a woodsman's axe, the ideas unoriginal, the story uninspiring. Another Apple movie (yes, I know it's red!)


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