The Giver
First screened in August 2014
Director: Phillip Noyce. Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Emma Tremblay, Taylor Swift, Katharina Damm, voice of Jefferson Mays. Screenplay: Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide (based on the novel by Lois Lawry).

Twitter Capsule: Streamlined start yields under-conceived middle and end. Ideas simultaneously jumbled and simplistic. Iffily acted, too.

VOR:   Another day, another YA dystopia. I know the book is special to many people; I doubt the film will thrill many of them, and I can vouch it won't push anyone toward the library.

Photo © 2014 The Weinstein Company

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

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