The Giver is a movie based on the book of the same name written by Lois Lowry. The plot of the movie revolves around a “utopian” society where everybody is equal and everybody is given their lifelong job at 18 through close observation of the individual. The city is in an area surrounded by fog and people are told that there is nothing outside of the city. Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites, is chosen as the next “Keeper of Memories.” It is a high honor that nobody knows anything about. Jonas learns from his teacher “The Giver,” played by Jeff Bridges, that there was a world before their’s that had much more to it. Meryl Streep plays the Lead Elder, trying to protect what they have built in their city and trying to keep control. There’s also an appearance by Taylor Swift that I didn’t notice until after the movie, she looks way different in the film, so you have to keep an eye out. After a life without pain, happiness or anger, what will Jonas do with these new experiences and information when he’s not allowed to share them with anyone? Having read the book and now watched the movie, I’d have to say that this is a good adaptation of the book. I felt like the difference between the black and white at the beginning and the color slowly filling in the world showed off the difference a lot better as a visual. The effects of the movie were good, and the designs for the bikes and motorcycles were really cool. Everything had a really futuristic feel to it from the clothing and to the buildings. I would say that this is a good movie to go out and see for science fiction fans this weekend, especially after reading the book first.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.