The Giver -- A Future that Evokes a Cinematic Past

August 15, 2014 7:42 PM

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The Giver -- A Future that Evokes a Cinematic Past

The opening of The Giver invites us into an ordered black-and-white world, peaceful but devoid of color. Compared to the images of carnage prevalent on our TV news, this polite, monochrome, homogenized society can seem seductive. But is the absence of desire and love too high a price for the eradication of violence and war?

Director Phillip Noyce explores this question in the film adaptation of Lois Lowry's novel. The Giver is a dynamic cinematic rendering of a dystopian world whose young hero Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) defies the rules. When he is named "Receiver of Memory," he learns from "The Giver" (Jeff Bridges) tha...

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