The big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver is not your typical young adult film. Set in a futuristic world where humans are raised in a sheltered environment and free of all emotions and colour, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to become the receiver of memory.
All memories of the past have been erased, along with individual freedom. From a young age, children living in this dystopic world are watched over and cultivated into an assigned role in life. Jonas’ new role teaches him about the history of mankind – the good and the bad – and slowly allows him to start feeling human emotions of love and loss.
Throughout the film, Jonas is faced with an internal struggle between sharing his newfound memories with the rest of his community and obeying the laws enforced by the elders. His struggle is deepened when he begins to feel an attraction to childhood friend, Fiona (Odeya Rush). Similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent, The Giver has an interesting storyline that will keep your eyes on the screen and even has a heartfelt message on the positivity of living life to the fullest.
Here’s the breakdown:
Action: The Giver gets 2.5/5 in the suspense category. While it may not be action packed like some of the more recent young adult films, (Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games kicks some serious butt) there is still enough going on in the movie that won’t make you want to get out of your seat.
Tearjerker: This movie is a TOTAL tearjerker and not in the way you think. I’d like to call them tears of joy as the movie depicts the emotions of living life in such a powerful way.
Drama: The Giver definitely gets a 5/5 on the drama scale. The struggle between the idealistic world created by the elders and Jonas’ want to expose the truth about their lives is what drives the storyline forward and creates the conflict in the film.