The Giver (Blu-ray release 2014-11-25) is yet another adaptation of a novel set in a future where mankind lives by strange rules, after The Hunger Games and Divergent. This future suppresses conflicts by removing emotions from people via drugs, forbidding people to touch each other, generating babies by technology, and everyone is assigned a job given their DNA and personalities. All is well until the protagonist is given the unique job to receive the memories of human history, and then he realizes the horrible truth beneath this peace.
By the nature of the source material this simply cannot be an exciting movie. It is stated that when someone reaches the boundary everyone will gain those memories, without explaining why or how this mechanism works. The climax also has numerous issues that are hard to believe, one of which seems to contradict its own rules. Disappointing.