The Giver

The Giver

DVD - 2014
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The story centers on Jonas, young man who lives in a supposedly ideal world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with the elder, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all; a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before


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Jan 10, 2019

I actually enjoy this movie. The movie reminded me of the books The Chrysalids and 1984 which I had to read for high school English. I also liked the way the director used the black and white and then color to reveal the difference between living to just exist or living because you take risk and actually enjoy living. The movie also reveals about how absolute power creates absolute corruption. The head women of that society wanted absolute power.

May 22, 2018

Honestly, not the best: reminds me of the monotonous, continuous stream of futuristic , post apocalyptic, sci fi movies like, MAZE RUNNER sequels, and also vaguely parallel to hunger games without the kills. Very young casts in these similar films. Hunger games was still quite exciting n entertaining with special effects n good costumes. Not for mature audiences seeking more content - dull or flat - not a recommended must-see. Thx.

Apr 29, 2018

I had expected this. A slow-paced philosophical film with some unrealistic moments thrown in. The ending was too abrupt and confusing. It was okay overall, I liked the acting, but could've been better. It has motivated me to read the book, though!

Apr 22, 2018

This movie is not very good! There are good actors, but the plot has no substance. It was extremely slow and unrealistic.

Nov 26, 2017

An interesting sci fi movie. It was watchable. The one thing that saved it was the acting. Set in a perfect setting, and controlled by the elders, of sorts. No huge 'breakouts', like in other sci fi films, "Planet Of The Apes", but still watchable, and an interesting concept.

Nov 14, 2017

Weird, science fiction type movie. Watched only a few minutes and ejected the dvd.

Jun 05, 2017

This was a pretty good science fiction story and was a lot like the movie Pleasantville, literally, with the colour theme.

Apr 26, 2017

This type of post apocalyptic Sci-Fi movie has been done many times before & better versions (i.e. Logan's Run & Soylent Green in the 70's & more recently The Hunger Games) This version seemed watered down & flat...but if their target audience was kids & preteens ...then this movie was appropriately not too scary & not too much of anything ...but for adults it might be a bit too wishy-washy and tame.

Apr 21, 2017

Its a wonderful teen movie. I haven't read the book but I don't know why so many reviewers felt disappointed. Creating an Utopian world is always a great theme in sci-fi stories, and this one shares a lot of common goals that a perfect world should have. Love Merle Streep as the villain; I want to believe what she's saying. All the actors are exciting to watch. There's a little bit of Hunger Game ideas and feels thrown in. I wish I've read the book when I was a teen. I highly recommend this to people of all ages.

loonylovesgood Apr 19, 2017

Good (not fantastic) adaptation of the book. They changed a few things, but DID answer some questions I had after reading the book. As a new mother, I found the scenes with the baby very hard to watch! But I knew it was coming.

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Apr 29, 2018

"When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time." - the Chief Elder

Funnycolours May 29, 2015

“Things could change, Gabe," Jonas went on. "Things could be different. I don't know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents," he added, staring through the dimness toward the ceiling of his sleepingroom. "And everybody would have the memories."

"You know the memories," he whispered, turning toward the crib.

Garbriel's breathing was even and deep. Jonas liked having him there, though he felt guilty about the secret. Each night he gave memories to Gabriel: memories of boat rides and picnics in the sun; memories of soft rainfall against windowpanes; memories of dancing barefoot on a damp lawn.


The newchild stirred slightly in his sleep. Jonas looked over at him.

"There could be love," Jonas whispered.”
― Lois Lowry, The Giver

Apr 12, 2015

When our people, they chose
to do away with all of them, color, race, religion, they created Sameness. If we were different, we could be envious, angry, or resentful, consumed with hatred. We need Sameness.

Apr 12, 2015

Giver: With love comes faith, with it comes hope.
Chief: Love is just passion
that can turn.
Giver: We can do better.
Chief: It turns into contempt and murder.
Giver: We could choose better.
Chief: People are weak. People are selfish. When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time.


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Feb 18, 2015

Other: READ THE BOOK FIRST!!!! You'll understand it better. At least that's what I would do.


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