Based on the novel of the same name by writer Lois Lowry, the story is set in the future with a concept of ‘sameness’. Director Phillip Noyce has translated the idea conceptually, visually, via language, colour, behaviour and ideals.
While the book made a compelling read which sold more than 10 million copies and won many awards, the film had a languid pace. The plot was predictable (not having read the source material), but the bursts of montages were insightful.
The story is a tricky one to make, with residual effects of the recent ‘Divergent’ at work. We quickly identify with the events on screen and are waiting for them to show us what we already know will eventually happen.
Meryl Streep as the ‘Chief Elder’ is the perfectly aged result of ‘sameness’. Jeff Bridges as ‘The Giver’ exercises brilliant restrain. Brenton Thwaites as ‘Jonas’ is an effective medium as our eyes and ears of someone who makes the journey from ‘sameness’ to ‘memory of human history’.
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