Tuesday 7 October 2014
Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and
Alexander Skarsgard. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Rated M (Mature themes and
violence). 97 mins.
THIS American film is based on the 1993
novel of the same name by Lois Lowry, and is set in the year 2048 where a
seemingly happy but colourless community lives in a world where there are no
memories of the past. All such memories have been erased.
One of the
community is given the position of ‘Receiver of Memories’ and he is trained to
do that by ‘The Giver’, who knows everything about the real world that exists
‘elsewhere’. Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is The Receiver in the film who receives
memories of what went before from the last Receiver, who now becomes The Giver
It is the task of The Receiver to advise
the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) and her Elders wisely about major decisions the
community should make. Distressed at what he now knows, and overwhelmed by his
emotions and memories (he is exposed to ‘sights and sounds no words could
describe’), Jonas confides in his friend, Fiona (Odeya Rush), and decides that
the community should be given their memories back. After running away, Jonas is
declared dangerous by the Chief Elder and is pursued by his friend, Asher
(Cameron Monaghan), who is sent by the Chief Elder to eliminate him. Jonas,
however, survives because of his friendship with Asher, and, as he passes ‘the
boundary of memories’, memories are released back into his community.