Synopsis – 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.
My Take – This film is being compared to Hunger Games & Divergent & judging by the trailers, they do look the same, but except the dystopian future setting nothing is! In fact The Giver has much more depth then those two. The fact that this movie makes you rethink all the things we have that we take for granted like family, love, life, and in this case even color. The movie was so good I caught myself tearing up at some parts.
There were so many powerful “chilling” moments, particularly with the portrayal of the memories. The contrast of the sensory-rich memories of the past with the colorless and boring Utopian community is what brought real depth to the film. My favorite aspect was the slow transition from black-and-white to vivid colors. My only true complaint about the movie is that it was too short. I didn’t want it to end. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges were perfect as always, but this film belongs to Brenton Thwaites (Occulus, The Signal) he is a revelation with the right kind of roles we have a star in the making.
Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Alexander Skarsgård showed flawless acting in their supporting roles as well. This brilliant novel adaption by Philip Noyce, with its superb cinematography, appealing music, awesome cast makes The Giver one hell of a tasty treat.