Thursday, March 20, 2014

Trailer Review - The Giver

The Giver
1st Trailer
Watch It Here

Person of Interest: Jeff Bridges as the titled character, newcomer Brenton Thwaites as our teenage(?) protagonist, Katie Holmes as the hero's cold mother, cameoing Alexander SkarsgÄrd as the father, Meryl Streep as an evil elder, and Odeya Rush as the just plainly awful love interest.

Scene Pop: Nothing. The only memorable thing is the haunting piano score.

Briggs Breakdown: 2 flash montages and an aircraft stolen right under President Snow's nose.

Effective?: No. Doesn't explain anything to the viewer or have a personal hook beyond its declaration of "Hey! It's just like The Hunger Games! You love that!"

Check it Out?: Indecisive but kneeling more towards a "no". I, like many others lucky enough, read the book in school and was a fan. The long pre-production delays, including Steven Spielberg be picked as the director at one point, has drained all the hype however. Plus, this is coming in August, not exactly a good month for new releases. But my real concern with the movie involves the book's most controversial moments, the real reason why the book is still banned in some American libraries, and whether they will be present. I will be glad if "that scene" is shown but I do wonder what they will do with its infamous ending.

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