'The Giver' Strikes Old And Ominous Notes About The Dark Side Of Serenity

August 14, 2014 11:01 PM

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'The Giver' Strikes Old And Ominous Notes About The Dark Side Of Serenity

Jeff Bridges (left) produces and stars as the title character in The Giver, alongside Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, right, who plays Jonas, his young apprentice. The Giver is the first film rendition of the popular 1993 young adult novel by Lois Lowry.

It might seem hard to describe The Giver without revealing some of those plot points that touchy suspense fans call "spoilers." But this brisk, deftly art-directed parable is basically unspoilable. Even viewers who know nothing of its source, Lois Lowry's 1993 novel, will be able to anticipate every...

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