Compelling 'The Giver' will probably leave you wanting more

August 15, 2014 1:23 AM

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“The Giver” is the kind of movie that can inspire you and drive you crazy at the same time. It delivers a powerful message about the value of free will and the joys of living, yet at the same time it leaves enough open endings to undermine and distract from the resonance of its message.

The film is based on Lois Lowry’s celebrated 1993 novel of the same name. It is set in some undetermined future, decades after an event called The Ruin inspired humanity to wipe its memory of the past and live in a sanitized utopia perched high atop some kind of vast isolated mesa, with steep cliffs...

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