Yet another teen sci-fi adventure, this movie may be sharply well-made but it struggles to find anything to say to an audience that has explored these themes much more meaningfully in films like The Hunger Games and Divergent. A solid cast makes it watchable, but a swelling flood of sentimentality undermines everything. And there isn't much subtext there to begin with.
Set in the distant future, society has rebuilt itself after "The Ruin" by eliminating all emotions, memories and art. The story centres on 18-year-old Jonas (BrentonThwaites), who is stunned to be selected as the next Receiver of Memories, working with the Giver (Jeff Bridges) to understand everything the elders have deliberately obliterated through both daily drug injections and some sort of magical barrier beyond the surrounding, forbidden mist. But the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) is worried that Jonas is going rogue with his new knowledge, and Jonas' parents (Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes) are also noticing something is amiss. So when Jonas tries to enlist his childhood pals Fiona and Asher (Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan) in small acts of rebellion, things come to a head.
Director Phillip Noyce creates a terrific visual look for the film's setting, with slickly designed sets,eye-catching effects and a colour scheme that begins in black and white and slowly adds hues as Jonas discovers more truth. But nothing about this society resonates: the best science-fiction tells us something about our world here and now, but parallels are very hard to spot in this faux utopia. Instead, we are faced with an implausible set-up that tries to convince us that people would mindlessly carry on without emotional or physical connections. And the idea that deleting these from human existence would make for a more peaceful society is just silly. Sure, we'd all like a world without violence and bigotry, but at the expense of personal freedom?
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Jeff Bridges and his wife of 37 years Susan Geston made their way to the New York premiere of 'The Giver' held at the Ziegfeld Theater alongside Jeff's co-stars in the movie Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan. Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson was also seen at the event.
The stars of 'The Giver' were snapped on the red carpet at the New York premiere of the movie at the Zeigfeld Theater. They were Meryl Streep with her daughter Grace Gummer, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan.
The cast of teen dystopia 'The Giver' make their arrivals at the New York premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater. Among them were lead stars Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites, as well as Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush and Emma Tremblay. Other arrivals were director Phillip Noyce, the original book's author Lois Lowry and executive producer Scooter Braun.
Author Lois Lowry talks about her dystopian sci-fi book 'The Giver' in a featurette ahead of the release of the film adaptation starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites. The film follows a young boy living in a world without war, crime suffering or diversity, who is chosen to receive information about the real disasters of the previous world in a program designed to keep the society stable.
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Jonas is a young man who lives in a community where everybody is the same. Pain and suffering has been abolished by authorities simply by forcing everyone to conform and prohibiting any form of variance. Jonas is about to become an exception to the rule when he is selected as the next Receiver of Memories. His new role requires training from a man called The Giver (the former Receiver) who will subsequently imbue Jonas with knowledge of the world before this compliant society. With that he will understand the pain of death and conflict, but will also begin to understand the importance of love and distinction and it is this that forces him to break away from his community - wishing to live a life with more depth and meaning. However, it soon becomes clear that he's not getting out that easily.
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Rose Hathaway is formidable half human half vampire with only one purpose in life; to defend the royal moroi clan - in particular Princess Vasilisa Dragomir - with her life as the evil vampires, named strigois, target her and the rest of the peaceful nightwalkers of St Vladimir's Academy. Rose and Lissa may only drink when blood is donated to them, but the strigois hunt to kill, with no discrimination between vampire and human. Rose and Lissa initially try to run away from the city in search of safety, but they are brought back and Rose is forced to continue her training. Her mentor, Dimitri Belikov, takes time to help them in increasing their strength and making them equipped enough to deal with their foes - but there's deception everywhere, and not everyone is who they seem.
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Rose Hathaway is a dhampir which means that she is half human and half vampire. She is in training to be a guardian for her best friend Vasilisa Dragomir - a royal princess vampire of the peaceful moroi clan who drink only donor blood and never to kill. They attend the prestigious St Vladimir's Academy where they find themselves under threat of the brutal strigois; ruthless vampires who drink with the intention of killing their victims and who have a particular vendetta against Lissa. Rose must use all the power that she has developed to defend Lissa from certain death - running away is not an option, having tried and failed once already. With the help of Rose's mentor Dimitri Belikov, they become stronger and more able to defend themselves against evil - but have they learnt enough?
'Vampire Academy' is a fantasy thriller based on the award-winning teen novel series by Richelle Mead. It has been directed by Mark Waters ('Mean Girls', 'Freaky Friday', 'Mr. Popper's Penguins') and written by Daniel Waters ('Batman Returns', 'Demolition Man', 'Hudson Hawk') and has become the latest in a string of new vamp flicks that have been released over the past couple of years. It will hit UK cinemas next year on February 19th 2014.
As prom night approaches, high-achieving event organiser Nova (Teegarden) is planning the perfect night of memories for the senior class. But her own plans are in jeopardy when she finds herself without a date and has to work with sexy bad boy Jesse (McDonell) to re-build the fire-damaged decorations for the event. Meanwhile, the jock (Nixon) is pursuing a sophomore (Campbell) who has a sweet admirer (Sotillo), and Nova's friend Mei (Chang) is nervous about telling her boyfriend (Kusnitz) that she wants to go away to university.
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For high school seniors Prom is one of the most important nights of their year. Not only does it mark the end of exams it is also one final night of fun for the class to spend together. Nova Prescott is a straight A student and a perfectionist who has already planned her ideal prom night but when the principal informs her that a misbehaving student called Jesse is to help set up prom, Nova sees him more of hindrance than a help; although they might be an unlikely couple, a new friendship might just form from their forced acquaintance.
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