Jeff Bridges waited 18 years to bring Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel “The Giver” to life. Set in a utopian future after “The Ruin” Jonas is raised in a community that never lies, always apologises and always follows the rules. The audience meets him at age 18, when he is assigned his role in society: to be the Receiver of Memory. The Receiver holds memories from a time before “The Ruin” and that’s when all the trouble starts…
Set in a futuristic, dystopian world, this is a story of what it truly means to be human, exploring the themes of life, love and loss. It provides insightful commentary into the human condition, human nature, our ability to be absolutely cruel and also capable of deep love. Bridges blends the tale using simple cinematographic techniques such as colour and staggered shots which can sometimes be jarring or annoying, but add to the overall impression of the film
Although it is set in the future, it is not overly sci-fi (for those who aren’t fans) neither is it “teenie” in the Twilight sense of the word. With a star studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, this movie is well worth watching. Capetonians will be able to recognise some of their favourite places including Table Mountain, UCT and Lourensford Wine Estate. Bridges does this beautiful tale justice in this film adaptation.
The Giver – Philip Noyce (As Is Productions, 2014)