It’s a strange world with strange rules. The people there live in communities and have no memories of their past. They are not allowed to know about their real parents. Every family is assigned a child or a newborn as a responsibility. They don’t see colors, or feel deep emotions, the result of the medication injected in every individual every morning. They don’t know anything about guilt, fear, envy, regret, anger, etc. This is to ensure that there is no competition that’d result in destruction. They are assigned jobs by The Elder after they graduate, in a ceremony. And only one in a generation can be chosen as The Receiver of memories.
When Jonas becomes the Receiver, he is apprehensive at first but the beautiful memories thrill him. He sees colors, the snow, the ocean, and listens to music of all forms, as The Giver imparts him the knowledge. He sees extinct animals, and experiences the deep, lingering emotions. But it is too shocking for him to accept the memories of pain, suffering and war. It is overwhelming. But he gets a hang of it, and understands that not being allowed to feel all this is wrong. The settlement is just empty people with no depth, forcing the ‘precision of language’ every time someone uttered ‘love’, and murdering the weak under the name of ‘releasing to elsewhere’. Jonas decides to cross the boundary that regulates the memories to protect the baby Gabriel(Gabe).
Though I am not that impressed by the movie, I like its significance and the message it conveys. I like the scenes of fun and frolic, dance and music, love and loss of a mother, thrill of an adventure, fear of falling, satisfaction of surviving, willpower to lead countries, and patriotism of countrymen. Otherwise the plot is threadbare and predictable, the climax is feeble and acting is kind of okey. Actually this whole dystopian world was not that convincing.
But the book that this movie is based on is rather popular. I wonder why the title is ‘The Giver’, when the story actually revolves around ‘The Receiver’.