‘The Giver’ Character Posters and Images Peek Into a Different World

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The upcoming film adaptation of Lois Lowry 1993 children’s novel The Giver has the misfortune of being released at a time when the release schedule is flooded with movies that have similar concepts (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner etc.) The timing isn’t coincidental; The Weinstein Company greenlit the movie in 2012, after The Hunger Games opened in the usually quiet month of March and grossed almost $700 million worldwide.

Whether The Giver will be able to tap into the market of moviegoers who are hungry for more young adult dystopian sci-fi adaptations or whether it will end up suffering the same fate as Ender’s Game and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (among others), remains to be seen, but at the very least fans of Lowry’s novel will finally get to see it realised on the big screen.

The Giver is set in a society where everything is perfect: there’s no suffering, no war, no hunger, no hate, no love, no color… OK, it’s not completely perfect. Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas, the movie’s Chosen One, who is assigned the heavy burden of being his community’s Receiver of Memory: the one person who carries all the memories of what life was like before “Sameness.” Jeff Bridges is the previous Receiver of Memory who must pass on this knowledge, which makes him – you guessed it – the Giver.

Directed by Phillip Noyce, The Giver also stars Alexander Skargard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan and Meryl Streep. The Weinstein company has now released a set of character posters for them, along with three new stills from the movie.

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The slices of color in the character posters are an interesting way of representing Jonas’ change of perception as he receives memories. For the first time in life he is able to see colors, and so The Giver will be visually (and thematically) similar to Gary Ross’ 1998 movie Pleasantville, which used the addition of color to a monochrome world as a metaphor for burgeoning liberation. Ross, incidentally, later went on to direct the first installment of The Hunger Games.

The trailers for The Giver so far honestly haven’t been all that exciting and it’s hard to imagine this movie attracting a mass audience and becoming a blockbuster franchise. As a standalone story, however, it looks decent enough to warrant a watch this summer.

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The Giver is out in theaters on August 15th, 2014.

Source: The Weinstein Company

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  1. I think the posters are pretty awesome looking. Makes me think it will be better than the first trailer with no black & white. I will be seeing it since it was one of my favorite books that we had to read in school. Ill probably enjoy it. I like most movies i go see.

  2. Why did you leave out my poster? I know im in the movie with big stars and im just a pop/country singer songwriter but who do you think is going to pack the theater. Maybe just a few of my 41 million followers. I want to see heads explode and twitter implode when I win an Oscar

    • Apologies for the oversight, Taylor Swift, I have updated the article to include your poster.

      • Thank you sir, hopefully your not going to be one of the folkes who will say I was terrible in the movie without ever seeing the movie. JUST GIVE ME A SHOT I WILL PROVE MY HATERS WRONG. Harvey Weinstein & Lois Lowry think I was very good.

    • I disagree with you on thinking you are the reason why theaters will be packed for this film. I know I’ll be seeing it because I enjoyed the book, and I want to see how the movie tells the story, not because of an inflated ego.

      Let me stress that I don’t hate you; I didn’t even know who you were until recently researching the film.

      I wish you well in all you do and hope the movie is great.

      • Theaters will not be “packed” for this movie. My prediction anyway. While the book is a classic to some, and moderatly popular…it’s old. It’s not the content of current pop culture like Twilight, Hunger Games, etc was…when you could walk through an airport and every other book was a copy of Hunger Games et al.

        • I agree with you on theaters not being packed. I was taking point with Swift claiming credit for supposed packed theaters. I should have been clearer.

          I also agree about the level of popularity for the book. I (and other teachers in my school) assign the book as a class novel every year, and our middle and high school libraries are pushing the book and movie, so local interest for the film is high, but you’re right that it’s not at a widespread Hunger Games level. Still, I’m hoping the movie does the book well.

          Have you read the novel? Will you be seeing the film?

  3. Looks alright, I guess. Won’t be an awards contender. Will just be alright

  4. Terribly depressing…One of my fav. books growing up. but why would they make the receiver of memories an adult???? His life is halfway over with, it doesnt make sense knowing that old people dont last long in that society and why is Meryl streep in the movie??? I had always assumed anyone past 50 was sent to that big place in the sky. Im not loving this movie at all…they could have at least gotten asa butterfield to play jonas.