The Giver (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | PG-13 | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance
97 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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The Giver Review


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 (2014) is an American social drama science fiction movie that was entertaining for my family. Director Phillip Noyce (Salt (2010), The Bone Collector (1999), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994)) executed this movie perfectly. The storyline, on the other hand, needed a flawless flow. The actors all did a fantastic job with their parts. The film contains little violence, no bad language, no sexual content except for two kisses that is seen by every kid these days in cartoons anyways and an adventure of a boy.

The Giver takes place in 2048 where feelings/emotions and different human races were banished because of a war that happened earlier. Everyone who lives there----had their memories erased by continuously taking a shot/injection every day except for the "Receiver of Memory". The Receiver of Memory/The Giver ( Jeff Bridges - The Big Lebowski (1998), Iron Man (2008), True Grit (2010), TRON: Legacy (2010)) is the only person in the community/city that has memories of everything. His job is to advise the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Hours (2002), Doubt (2008), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)) and other Elders on things regarding the community. The community assigns jobs to all the teenagers on the day of their graduation. Jonas ( Brenton Thwaites - Oculus (2013), Maleficent (2014), The Signal (2014)) is 16 years old and is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory. Jonas soon sees The Giver’s memories of him and his daughter Rosemary (Taylor Swift - The Hunger Games (2012), Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009), Valentine’s Day (2010), Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)) who was also a Receiver of Memory. She could not handle all of the chaos that happened before there was no memory and committed suicide.

Jonas tries to share his experience of emotions/feeling with his best friend Fiona (Odeya Rush - The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), We Are What We Are (2013), Little Girl Blue (2014)) who does not understand. Fiona eventually experiences what Jonas was telling her after she stops the daily injections. How does she stop the daily injections with the Elders not knowing - watch and see. After a few events, Jonas, and the Giver decides that everyone in the community needs to have feelings regardless of what the Elders think or say. The Giver told Joans in order to accomplish that task; he must go past the border of the community that is called Elsewhere. Upon arriving at Elsewhere, he will then release all the memories back into the community. Jonas’ dad brought home baby Gabe whom Jonas shares his memories with because Gabe has the same mark on his wrist as Jonas. After a few events, Gabe is taken back to the Nurturing Center upon orders from the Elders because he will be "released" for being weak. The way that the Elders kills people/babies were, so heart touching and killing someone is called "releasing" that person. Jonas decides to rescue Gabe from being released before heading to Elsewhere. He gets Gabe with the help of Fiona, who kisses him before he escapes from the guards. Will everyone get their memories back? What will happen to Fiona for helping Jonas escape? Who is Jonas’ other best friend that tries to help him after ratting him out to the Elders?

The movie was everything I wanted it to be and more. It is one of those movies that you enjoy as an adult with your children. There is no bad language in this family bonding movie. The ending of the movie got me sitting on the edge of my seat hoping and wishing for the outcome that I want. It is the type of movie that you go on the journey with the actors, and you feel what they are feeling.

About The Giver 2014

Title: The Giver
Year: 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 26 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 26
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Monaghan, Meryl Streep, Emma Tremblay, Odeya Rush, Vanessa Cooke, John Whiteley, Kira Wilkinson, Meganne Young, Thabo Rametsi, Katie Holmes, Vaughn Lucas, Katharina Damm, Jaime Coue, Jefferson Mays, Carlotta Brentan, Taylor Swift, Coleman Lannum, Alexander Jillings, Irina Miccoli, James Jillings, Justin Miccoli, Jordan Nicholas Smal, Nick Uhas, Saige Fernandes, Renate Stuurman
Writers: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide, Lois Lowry
Director: Phillip Noyce