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149 of 159 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So it's not the book, but that's ok., August 23, 2014
This review is from: The Giver (Amazon Video)
Ok, I was actually prepared to dislike or even hate this movie because I'd heard it diverges more and more from the book I loved as a child as it progresses. Yes, yes it does. That will irritate fans a little but I found the changes to be mostly acceptable to me. I didn't like the Chief Elder giving off a slightly evil vibe ... or the argument she and The Giver had toward the end, in plain sight and earshot of other citizens, about things no one but Jonas and The Giver are supposed to even know about or understand. But other than that, I enjoyed this movie.

The changes seemed like a combination of needing to amp up the action to make it visually appealing (since intellectually artistic, 20-year old books don't always translate to engaging movies on screen) and the need to hold it's own in a movie landscape currently dripping with distopian futures right now. However, I kept in mind that this story WAS the original YA distopian story, long before Hunger Games and Divergent... Read more
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but read the book first, January 29, 2015
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The readers of the book really liked it. The watchers of the movie who had not read the book liked the movie, but clearly not as much as those who read the book. So, for this household - it's a split decision between 3 and 5 stars. The movie is compelling, holds your attention, and has something to say. The readers of the book were delighted to see it come to life. Those who had not read the book, but watched with the readers, were somewhat neutral on the film and seemed to be "missing something". So, it's worth watching, but read the book first.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, November 23, 2014
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This is an enjoyable movie that can leave you with a good feeling even though it has many sad things in it. So that you understand my perspective, I did not read the book. It seems that 5 of the 6 people who gave this movie 1 star did so because the movie changed a lot of things when compared to the book. So my recommendation is that if you have read the book, don't watch this. If you have not read the book, then watch this movie.

The Good:
1. no nudity.
2. no profanity and no using of God's name in vain or using it as a swear word.
3. the only violence in the film is used as a tool to show the viewer things that are needed for the plot. In other words, the little bit of violence that is in the movie, is not there just for entertainment. There is a reason for it.
4. This movie can show us things about ourselves and our societies that we did not previously think about.

The Bad:
1. I wish the ending was longer and showed us more of what... Read more
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