The Giver (2014): Amnesia Alms

7.3/10The Giver
Amnesia Alms

In a world where pain, love, and even temperature are controlled (or a vision of 2020 on steroids), The Giver tosses you an apple – literally – of chaotic emotions. The powers-that-be have banished differences quicker than your local council kills off any sign of nightlife. But our hero, Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites with the profundity of a really deep, deep.. puddle, is questioning things. Now, isnt that dangerously tantalizing? Keep your anti-anxiety meds nearby folks, its about to get wild.

Imagine a society where emotions are passé, outlawed even. Our protagonist, Jonas, is your average, amiable boy-next-door, but with an extra helping of curiosity. Gifted with the task of inheriting the planets lost memories from the Giver, he embarks on a journey as colorful as a unicorns Instagram feed amidst his grayscale existence. Jonas questions the status quo and leads a parade of independence into the uncanny world of feeling. Be prepared for a mix of heroism, rebellion and borderline teenage angst.

Our lovable Jonas defies an entire system using… sleds and memories? Not to mention, the glaring question on nature versus artificial emotion is left dangling with no satisfying resolution. Thought youd escaped plot holes? Think again, our dystopian sled ride is riddled with them.

While its commendable for its striking visuals, generous dollops of sentiment, and Meryl Streeps dystopian chic, its hard to ignore the half-baked, cake-from-the-box mentality in illustrating a uniquely bland future. And the characters, as malleable as over-boiled pasta, add an unfortunate dash of ennui. Despite this, theres no denying the commendable effort made in the recreation of Lowrys world, with a dash of heroism that almost makes you forget the plot rides on a metaphorical sled.

The actors portray their roles with the enthusiasm of a cat on a damp afternoon. Streep, showcasing her versatile talent, almost salvages the sinking ship. Director Phillip Noyce, though genius in his own right, seems to lose steam halfway mirroring Jonass roller-coaster journey, with the film losing consistency and depth.


To its credit, the film manages to be nostalgically mundane and thrillingly colorful all at once. It is akin to eating a questionable piece of cake – you may regret it, but hey, it was cake! Its a movie thatll resonate with those brave enough to question authority, and for anyone whos ever spent way too long pondering the mysteries of life in general. If you enjoy uncomplicated epiphanies delivered on a sled, hop on this ride! Just mind the potholes.