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First eerie trailer for adaptation of The Giver with Jeff Bridges arrives

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The first trailer for the long-awaited adaptation of Lois Lowry's acclaimed novel, THE GIVER, has arrived, showcasing yet another dystopian world. Directed by Phillip Noyce (SALT, THE BONE COLLECTOR) and starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Monaghan, Brenton Thwaites, and Taylor Swift, the adaptation takes some liberties with the source material, primarily by upping the age of the protagonist, Jonas, from 12 to 16, which opens up the tale to have more of a love affair angle for that character. The trailer is fairly eerie and looks similar to many of the YA film adaptations on the horizon (definitely some DIVERGENT similarities).

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Here's the synopsis:

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

Having both Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in this already gives it a sharp edge and even though the book has been in publication since 1993 (and is part of many high school curriculums) there is still the competition from franchises like THE HUNGER GAMES that may mute its impact some. Noyce is a fairly reliable filmmaker and the rest of the cast seems up to task, but one has to wonder if the post-apocalyptic YA adaptations aren't getting stretched a little thin. I guess the box office numbers will let us know.

THE GIVER opens in theaters on August 15, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Fans of the book: How's it lookin'?
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9:54PM on 03/21/2014

Good cast, but...those sets.

It's not that they failed to replicate what was in my mind's eye. That's impossible obviously. It's that they look like they've gone in a TOTALLY DIFFERENT DIRECTION from the book entirely! It almost feels like they adapted some unrelated dystopian book and labeled it "The Giver"
It's not that they failed to replicate what was in my mind's eye. That's impossible obviously. It's that they look like they've gone in a TOTALLY DIFFERENT DIRECTION from the book entirely! It almost feels like they adapted some unrelated dystopian book and labeled it "The Giver"
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10:09AM on 03/20/2014

Nope. Not gonna.

I reread this book a few months ago and, man, this does not look good. Much, much, more high tech and overtly dystopian. The technology and actual governing body of the town was second fiddle to a very character-driven story. Unfortunately this looks more like a cash grab on the current stream of YA dystopias than a "thoughtful" adaption. Plus it's all in color which is a bummer.
I reread this book a few months ago and, man, this does not look good. Much, much, more high tech and overtly dystopian. The technology and actual governing body of the town was second fiddle to a very character-driven story. Unfortunately this looks more like a cash grab on the current stream of YA dystopias than a "thoughtful" adaption. Plus it's all in color which is a bummer.
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6:43PM on 03/19/2014

Well...Ok

Not at ALL what I've been envisioning the adaptation to look like for the last, i don't know, 15 years? First off, it's not starring a grizzled Anthony Hopkins. But hey, the teaser is pretty opaque so I'll leave this one up to chance and just hope they do something interesting with what I consider to be the epitome of children's fiction royalty.
Not at ALL what I've been envisioning the adaptation to look like for the last, i don't know, 15 years? First off, it's not starring a grizzled Anthony Hopkins. But hey, the teaser is pretty opaque so I'll leave this one up to chance and just hope they do something interesting with what I consider to be the epitome of children's fiction royalty.
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6:17PM on 03/19/2014
I do like Philip Noyce as a director, but yeah, it does seem to be aligning itself with the vibe of the dystopian YA adaptations that are in vogue now.
I do like Philip Noyce as a director, but yeah, it does seem to be aligning itself with the vibe of the dystopian YA adaptations that are in vogue now.
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5:13PM on 03/19/2014

I don't understand

I went back and reread this book (the whole series actually) a month or so back when I first saw the news that this was actually going to finally be released. The book stands the test of time, and is still every bit as deep and engaging as I remember it from junior high. That being said, I don't understand why they felt the need to deviate from the book, as they are obviously doing. They're adding elements to the story that weren't there, and that could undermine what the story is actually
I went back and reread this book (the whole series actually) a month or so back when I first saw the news that this was actually going to finally be released. The book stands the test of time, and is still every bit as deep and engaging as I remember it from junior high. That being said, I don't understand why they felt the need to deviate from the book, as they are obviously doing. They're adding elements to the story that weren't there, and that could undermine what the story is actually about. It's a solid story, and a beloved book, even to this day. There's no need to make it this sleek action thriller, people would have gone to see it for what it was.
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2:24PM on 03/19/2014

Read the book years ago..

and rather enjoyed it. This adaptation could end up being great but its not exactly how I pictured the book. It does feel like they are trying to go for that Hunger Games/Divergent look which isn't the tone given in the book.
and rather enjoyed it. This adaptation could end up being great but its not exactly how I pictured the book. It does feel like they are trying to go for that Hunger Games/Divergent look which isn't the tone given in the book.
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12:42PM on 03/19/2014
This movie doesn't seem very original. It immediately reminded me of Equilibrium. Without the badassery of course.
This movie doesn't seem very original. It immediately reminded me of Equilibrium. Without the badassery of course.
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1:42PM on 03/19/2014
That's exactly what I thought! Equilibrium!! Oh man, I have to see it again, feeling nostalgic.
That's exactly what I thought! Equilibrium!! Oh man, I have to see it again, feeling nostalgic.
2:11PM on 03/19/2014
Funny thing is that Equilibrium was a rip off of The Giver. The book was written in 1993. Equilibrium was actually a rip off of a lot of things. I liked Equilibrium, but originality wasn't anywhere to be found in that film.
Funny thing is that Equilibrium was a rip off of The Giver. The book was written in 1993. Equilibrium was actually a rip off of a lot of things. I liked Equilibrium, but originality wasn't anywhere to be found in that film.
6:57PM on 03/19/2014
You may be right. But perception is a bitch. So to most its still an Equilibrium rip off. Just saying.
You may be right. But perception is a bitch. So to most its still an Equilibrium rip off. Just saying.
9:52PM on 03/21/2014
In the commentary for Equilibrium, the director openly talks about all the movies he ripped off! He's pretty hilarious, actually
In the commentary for Equilibrium, the director openly talks about all the movies he ripped off! He's pretty hilarious, actually
12:14PM on 03/19/2014

Not at all what I was expecting.

Probably will take me a while to warm up to this. Perhaps it was just my feel of the book, but I never felt that The Giver's world was like the sleek, sterile Divergent/Hunger Games worlds. Looks interesting, but I don't know. I really hope the ideas and themes of the book are adequately conveyed, versus showcasing a bunch of cool visuals.
Probably will take me a while to warm up to this. Perhaps it was just my feel of the book, but I never felt that The Giver's world was like the sleek, sterile Divergent/Hunger Games worlds. Looks interesting, but I don't know. I really hope the ideas and themes of the book are adequately conveyed, versus showcasing a bunch of cool visuals.
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2:22PM on 03/19/2014
My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
11:57AM on 03/19/2014
I loved the book, but of course we read it in freshman lit, and my tastes have changed quite a bit since I was 14. Bridges and Streep give me hope that I'll enjoy it, but it could also be another throwaway young-adult movie adaptation that adults could do without.
I loved the book, but of course we read it in freshman lit, and my tastes have changed quite a bit since I was 14. Bridges and Streep give me hope that I'll enjoy it, but it could also be another throwaway young-adult movie adaptation that adults could do without.
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