|The Giver (2014)|
|Rating: 6.5/10 (72,787 votes)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Michael Mitnick (screenplay), Robert B. Weide (screenplay), Lois Lowry (book)
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård
Runtime: 97 min
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Released: 15 Aug 2014
|Plot: 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.|
Following a calamity referred to as The Ruin, society is reorganized into a series of communities, and all memories of the past are held by one person, the Receiver of Memory. Since the Receiver of Memory is the only individual in the community who has the memories from before, he must advise the Chief Elder, and the other Elders, on the decisions for the community.
Jonas is an 16-year-old boy who is anxious about the career he will be assigned (along with everyone else). He has two best friends: Asher and Fiona.
On the day of graduation, everyone is assigned a career. Jonas is briefly skipped, as he has not been assigned a career. Instead, Jonas is to become the next Receiver of Memory, and progressively receive memories from the past receiver, The Giver. Upon assuming his role as The Receiver, Jonas learns of the Giver’s past and of his child, Rosemary. She preceded Jonas as Receiver of Memory, and was so distraught from the memories that she committed suicide, by what the Community calls releasing. They regard its nature as mysterious; the audience learns that it is death by lethal injection. Jonas begins to teach his findings to his friend Fiona, with whom he decides to share the idea of emotions. Fiona, who is unable to fully comprehend the idea of emotion, is unsure how she feels. Jonas then kisses Fiona, an action which is antiquated and unknown to the community, which Jonas gained through memory.