Based on Lois Lowry’s novel, as a film The Giver
manages to be unsatisfying as entertainment while also, somehow, being emotionally effective.
If you’re not already familiar with Lowry’s novel, the plot takes place in a centrally planned society that has eliminated difference, conflict, and emotion. The Giver
is the story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who is training to be the one person allowed cultural memory and emotion in his society, referred to as The Community.
While Jonas is supposed to keep his learning secret, he is ebullient at discoveries like music, dance, and colors. He stops taking his government mandated medication that suppresses emotion, and shares these items with his family and with his two wary best friends, drone pilot Asher (Cameron Monaghan), and nursery worker Fiona (Odeya Rush).
Eventually, given the knowledge of… Continue