The Giver

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The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined - a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all - a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.

Did You Know?


  • Dianna Agron reportedly auditioned for this film.
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  • When Jonas first reaches the top of the snowy mountain, he checks his map. The antique paper map is in pristine condition, despite having been completely submerged underwater on a long journey through multiple climates which would have severely worn it.
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    • Chief Elder: When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong - every single time.
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Aug 14, 2014

Just in the last few months, we've seen Snowpiercer and Divergent, which also deal with what happens after a civil collapse. The Giver, the latest in this weird trend, approaches a now-familiar topic from a new angle, and, of the three, it's the most visually arresting.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Aug 12, 2014

A lazy ending mars this fine, if generic, take on a much-loved YA novel.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Aug 12, 2014

The Giver is an anti-totalitarian allegory so farcically hyperbolic it feels like only a teenager could have come up with it.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang