With a description of ‘In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice…’ I wasn’t really too sure what to expect from this movie. Added to this the fact that it is filmed in black & white you do start to think that it is definitely going to be a strange one.
Keep watching and you start to see how the population is controlled and monitored but it really does seem like they have a perfect way of life. The lead characters seem very happy and have fun together as they look forward to their graduation day. This is when things change for Jonas when he is assigned his chosen career by the Elders and he is allowed to do things differently than what he, and the rest of the community, are used to.
He is assigned to be the new Keeper and under the tutorage of The Giver (Jeff Bridges) learns the memories of what it was like before The Ruin. He sees what it was like and feels all of the emotions that have been suppressed for so long.
It is hard to review this movie without giving away the story but you need to watch it to see how Jonas and The Giver interact and what happens when he learns the secrets of the community. You will probably shed a tear or two, I know I did.
Is it one to add your collection? I am not sure but it is definitely easy to rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
September 19th 2014