The Giver Opens in U.S. Theatres on August 15, 2014 [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 3 years ago
The Giver Opens in U.S. Theatres on August 15, 2014 [WATCH VIDEO]


“The Giver” opens in U.S. theatres on Aug.  15, 2014.The film is based on Lois Lowry’s young adult novel. It is directed by Phillip Noyce. Its cast members include Meryl Streep (Chief Elder), Brenton Thwaites (Jonas), Taylor Swift (Rosemary), Katie Holmes (Jonas’ mother), Alexander Skarsgård (Jonas’ father) nad Jeff Bridges (The Giver). Read on for “The Giver” film synopsis.

“The Giver” Film Synopsis:


The story focuses on Jonas who lives in a world where fear, hatred, war and all kinds of pain have been eradicated. His world is no ordinary world. Children are born to birthmothers but are taken away from them and transferred to the Nurturing Center with other babies who are also born in that same year.

At the age of twelve, all the children will be given their “jobs,” depending on the child’s skills and interests. Jonas lives with his mother who works in the Department of Justice and his father who is a Nurturer of new children.

Jonas is worried about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve. He does not have a specific career in mind. He enjoys doing a lot of things. However, compared with the other children, Jonas is different. Unlike them, Jonas has pale eyes while most of them have dark eyes. Jonas has unusual powers or perceiving things. He sees more. Everybody else in Jonas’ community is devoid of color, but not him. He can perceive it.

During the ceremony, Jonas is assigned as the Receiver of Memory, which means that he is the keeper of the community’s shared memory. When the community turns into an emotionless state, someone must be in charge of the memories to prevent the community from committing the same mistakes again. However, only the Receiver can bear the pain. Jonas receives the good and bad memories from the current Receiver who tells Jonas to call him as The Giver.

In an interview with Goodreads, Lois Lowry shared her thoughts about the sudden influx of dystopian young adult novels turned into films such as “Hunger Games” and “Divergent.”

“Like I created a monster? Yes! It’s been an interesting phenomenon. When I wrote The Giver I don’t think there had been any [dystopian literature] for kids. In college I had read Brave New World and 1984, and then some time passed, and all of a sudden, whether it’s related or not, suddenly every other book seems to be futuristic, every other submission they get is one more dystopian novel. But it’s always that way. A few years ago it was vampires, and I think we’ve seen the last of them!” said Lowry in the Goodreads interview.

Lowry also added that “Hunger Games” was well done, but the she emphasized that she was concerned because it was about children killing each other.

“The Giver” opens in U.S. theatres on Aug. 15, 2014. It will also be shown in France on Aug. 27, 2014 and in Germany on Oct. 2, 2014. For more news about upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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