Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Giver (2014)

Director: Phillip Noyce. Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift. 97 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Drama.

The whole Hunger Games/Divergent teenager-chosen-among-crowds-of-a-post-apocalyptic-dystopian-future is getting so out of control, even stories written 20 years ago are jumping on the bandwagon. Actually, this one has interesting concepts, about a society that maintains peace by injecting memory-erasing drugs to their subjects, but preserves history by one "Giver" transferring memories to a "Receiver" (but then again, why not also eliminate the Giver-Receiver system?). The fatal flaw, is that the movie spends an hour defining the territory, but then as soon as the narrative starts gaining momentum, the ending is so rushed, you suddenly go: "Whaaaaa? What happened?" Deadly sequel-hungry screenplay.

PS: If you don't already know before the movie, you deserve a prize if you can spot Taylor Swift.

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