Released just over 20 years ago, Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel “The Giver” quickly found success to such a large extent that now it is used in many middle-school literature curricula. A few years after the book’s release, talks began to make a film adaptation. And 18 years after those rumors started, “The Giver” has finally found its way to the big screen.
The film follows a young man named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who lives in a seemingly utopian society. The futuristic community has no emotion, no color and no differences. Jonas has a rare ability referred to as “the capacity to see beyond,” which in turn gets him selected to be the new Receiver of Memory. He works with the prior Receiver (Jeff Bridges) — who is now referred to as The Giver — who passes down memories from past generations and Jonas experiences all the things, from sledding to war, that have been removed from his society. And as he begins to act out with his newfound knowledge, he finds himself in trouble with The Elders.