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I cannot prepare you for what’s going to happen in the new trailer for THE GIVER

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With The Maze Runner, Divergent and The Hunger Games dominating all the buzz right now, it looks like we’re far from finished with the current craze of Young Adult novel-to-movie adaptations. Standing slightly out of this crowd is The Giver, an adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel penned in 1993.

Directed by Phillip Noyce and partially shot in Cape Town, The Giver surprisingly isn’t set in a completely dystopian future like the others. Instead, humanity has an idyllic existence, where peace, harmony and community reign. But this wouldn’t be a YA adaptation without a serious, world-threatening spanner in the works, as Brenton Thwaites’ character Jonas is about to discover.

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The film is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbury Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.


By all accounts, the novel isn’t action packed, but the trailer certainly does its best to come across as a direct competitor for the more battle-oriented YA adaptations. Hopefully Lowry’s message won’t be lost in amongst the flashy sci-fi.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift, The Giver opens on August 15

Last Updated: March 20, 2014


  1. Kervyn Cloete

    March 20, 2014 at 12:43

    To be fair to this movie, despite only releasing now, this may actually have been the first big YA adaptation, as Jeff Bridges has been trying to bring this story to the screen for 10 years already.


    • Tracy Benson

      March 20, 2014 at 13:21

      I’m really interested to read the book now, just for comparison.


  2. Rince

    March 20, 2014 at 13:58

    This looks awesome.


  3. Her Highness the Hipster

    March 20, 2014 at 14:31

    i LOVED this book when i read it as an actual young adult all those years ago. i think i read it about 10 times. really really hope they get it right!


  4. Hugh Lashbrooke

    March 20, 2014 at 15:12

    We did this as a setwork book in grade 8 – it was one of the few setwork books that I thoroughly enjoyed at the time, so looking forward to seeing how they pull this off.


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