The Giver

The Giver

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Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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In a seemingly perfect world, a young man, Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories, learning from an old man known as The Giver.
Publisher: [Toronto] : eOne : Distributed in Canada by Entertainment One, [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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JeffAChristian
Aug 28, 2017

Set in the future, the story centers around a planned community, completely emotionless and with absolutely no memory of the previous wars and humanity's hatred that led to it - until one man, chosen as the receiver of memory, rediscovers love and the compassion that has been outlawed, and seeks to learn why it's still so desperately needed.

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olaffrost
Jun 05, 2017

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

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Vivica
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.

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mariho
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.

slawr084 Apr 14, 2017

Don't judge a book by its movie! I definitely preferred the book, and was thrilled to learn it was the beginning of a short series: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son, each title more engaging than the last.

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tomdance
Sep 29, 2016

This worthwhile sci fi flick is only marred by a unbelievable conclusion. The writer and film producers did a good job building this fantasy world until the silly, illogical end.

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JLIOlib
Sep 12, 2016

I've never read the book. This movie has some elements that remind me of Gattaca and Pleasantville.

The movie is one of the best. I haven't even read the book yet, but I can safely bet on it being a masterpiece. Being a abortion(murder of helpless babies) hater, this movie is great and every person who hates abortion should watch that. I mean come on. How could you(abortionists) do this to them?
The movie was well directed and great storyline. Though they should have followed the book, I see no terrible reason why Jonas and Fiona could not love each other. It helped to show what he was doing.
Movie very highly recommended.

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organic69
Apr 07, 2016

Good!

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blue_monkey_6120
Mar 25, 2017

blue_monkey_6120 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 99

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Re_Bel
Nov 23, 2015

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Mar 09, 2015

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Feb 18, 2015

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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.

"Gabe?"

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

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

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
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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crazycoolbff
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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