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The Giver

The Giver
Director : Phillip Noyce
Genre : Drama
Producer : Jeff Bridges
Writer : Michael Mitnick
Music Director : Marco Beltrami
Releasing On : 15 August 2014
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The Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide loosely based on the 1993 novel of same name by Lois Lowry. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift. It was released in the United States on August 15, 2014.

Plot

The setting is a society in the year 2048. After a big war, the community had decided to get rid of colors, therefore different races and feelings. All the citizens have had the memories from before erased from their minds; thus as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas must receive the only memories of before from the past receiver, The Giver. The Receiver of Memory is the only individual in the community who has the memories and must advise the Chief Elder, and the other Elders, on the decisions for the community, who are unaware of anything that happened before their community. Jonas progressively receives memories, eventually including knowledge of the Giver's past and of his child, Rosemary. She preceded Jonas as Receiver of Memory, and was so distraught from the memories that she committed suicide, by what the Community call releasing. They regard its nature as mysterious; the audience learn that it is death via a lethal injection. Jonas begins to teach his findings to his friend Fiona, who he decides to share the idea of feelings with. Fiona is unsure of how she feels about feelings, but they kiss while together privately.

Production

Jeff Bridges had wanted to film the futuristic novel for several years, but encountered obstacles when Warner Bros. bought the rights in 2007. They then ended up at The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. Bridges's actual vision was that his own father, Lloyd Bridges, would play as The Giver.

Filming began on October 7, 2013 in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Meryl Streep had some of her scenes shot in England, where she also filmed Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, before doing additional filming two months later in Paarl, a town near Cape Town.The filming was completed on February 13, 2014 in Utah.

Music

The score for The Giver was composed by Marco Beltrami.The song "Ordinary Human" by OneRepublic was featured in the movie.The film also features Tori Kelly's "Silent". The soundtrack was released on August 5, 2014 by Interscope Records.

Release

The first official trailer for the film was released on March 19, 2014. On April 11, 2014, more footage from the film was revealed. A second trailer was released on June 4.

On July 11, 2014, it was announced that The Weinstein Company and Walden Media would be teaming up with Fathom Events to stream the red carpet premiere to more than 250 theaters in the US on August 11, four days before its official release. Ziegfeld Theatre hosted the film's premiere in New York City.

Box office

The film earned $4.7 million on its opening day. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $12.3 million, finishing in 5th place at the box office.

As of September 11, 2014, the film has grossed $38,703,400 in North America and $5,648,442 overseas for a worldwide total of $44,351,842 .

Critical response

Upon its release, The Giver was met with generally mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 33%, based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10. The consensus states: "Phillip Noyce directs The Giver with visual grace, but the movie doesn't dig deep enough into the classic source material's thought-provoking ideas." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 47 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
Richard Roeper gave the film a "C", stating that “the magic gets lost in translation”, but that the film had its heart in the right place.

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