New trailer for “The Giver” depicts individual’s epic battle against conformity

The film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s popular children’s book “The Giver” is coming to theater’s in August, and the studio has just released the latest trailer. The story centers around Jonas and his life in a seemingly perfect, albeit colorless, utopian society. A utopian society with no emotion, no love, no books, no war – and a ruling government that takes away the power of choice and everyone is bound by the rules of “sameness”. It certainly sounds like a progressive utopia…

Check it out below:

  • Johnathan Read

    Sound like a newer better “1984”. A must see.

    • kanakattack

      Have you never read the book? One of my all-time favorites.

  • Oscar Mysterious

    As surely as water will wet us, as surely as fire will burn, the lights of liberty are found in the pages you turn:

    • fmcconnel

      does your father own amazon. Are you advertising that site?
      I suggest you recommend the Bible which they sell also. It is
      real and may help you find the truth

  • Scare Bear

    I read the book back in eighth grade and remembered how much I enjoyed it. I was curious if anyone had ever made it into a movie (or even a youtube movie) then I found out it was coming to the big screen. I must say even though I am excited the trailer leaves the impression that this movie will keep with the idea of the book but not the actual story itself. In the book Jonas is 12 and this “boy” looks more like 16 and where is Gabriel? If you’ve read the book you’ll know who I’m talking about. I just don’t remember half of these plot points but I am re-reading it again for the first time since eighth grade (roughly 17 years ago). I just have mixed feelings but I would like to go see it when it comes out regardless if it sticks with the book or not (I’m fascinated by sci-fi ‘future worlds’ and apocalypse scenarios etc.).

    • Patty Snyder

      I have taught this book to 7th graders, who then read it as 10th graders, then again as seniors. They always got something more from the book. I hope you do too. By the way, I agree with you totally…Gabriel was key to decisions and awakenings made.

    • AgnesDomini

      The movie trailer reveals that it is almost NOTHING like the book, and that the film has been gussied up for Hollywood teen consumption; Jonas is chosen by the elders to be the next Giver in the book, and does not stumble upon the current one. His baby brother Gabriel not being euthanized by their own father is central to Jonas’ discovery of what is wrong with his surface society, but the film turns it into a teen romance and action flick, which seriously undercuts the emotional impact of the original text. I wonder what Lois Lawry (age 77 and now living in Hawaii) must think of the drastic changes to her work…

    • fmcconnel

      Get fascinated with Jesus it will have a better ending for you

  • Anonymous

    Great casting, Meryl Streep gets the line, when people get to choose, they choose wrong. How progressive of her.

  • Anonymous

    looks like Obama care

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like what the dems want, doesn’t it? No rewards for doing well, might hurt someone’s feelings – income equality – no scores in games, might hurt someone’s feelings – dumb down the smart to the level of those not so smart – everyone who has achieved “give up a piece of the pie” – take from those who work and give it to those who won’t work. I could go on but you get the picture. It is NOT right.

  • Anonymous

    It’ll be a movie to make my students think, really think. Love it!!!

  • linda

    “The Artilect War” by: Hugo de Garis PHD this Book is what is happening and will be if the people don’t change. True Story of cosmists vs. Terrains computer and man intertwined.

  • greenfish13

    is this the beginning? First The Hunger Games, Now The Giver. These are all movies depicting a future in time where the people are controlled…. like sheep and punished for doing nothing about it. I fear we are not far off from this happening. These movies are the beginning to desensesitizing the youth for the future agenda coming to play. The Hunger Games are not good movies from the stand point that this could be all of our future. Boy do i hope i am wrong. how long before we start movies where there is a great war in progress, but it ends with the people agreeing to live in communism or otherwise controlled lives?

    • Don Owen

      These movies are about fighting against oppression. Someone takes a stand and the tyrannical government falls. Movies like these represent man’s innate desire to be free from control. They aren’t desensitizing people, they are a reflection of what the average person is feeling right now. If anything, these movies should give us hope.

    • ScaryLogic

      It would seem the anti-conformity message of these movies and books, not to mention the fact that it’s on this site… is lost on you entirely.

    • fmcconnel

      Find God for yourself.
      Know Jesus know peace
      No Jesus no peace
      if you are a believer look up he is very Near. Be not afraid. If you are not a believer find Jesus before this happens. Jesus knows his sheep and will protect them

  • Anonymous

    It reminded me somewhat of Logan’s Run.

  • Josh Hernandez

    i honestly expected anthony hopkins to play the role of the giver

  • flerin

    And don’t forget “V for Vendetta”. All these futuristic, dystopian societies depict control. The irony is that the progressives are under the impression, and subsequently portray, that this will happen under “conservative control”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Either they don’t realize what is happening or they don’t WANT to realize whats happening.

    • ScaryLogic

      Hmmm… not sure about that.

      All of these super-controlled dystopian shows always depict the Govt. spying on everyone. What does the Patriot act do again? And who signed that? Wasn’t he conservative?


      Looks like there is no good vs evil here.

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  • Anonymous

    This looks like it will be terrific! Reminds me of Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” and the sacred word in that book. Let us all hope these kinds of stories will awaken us so that we stop these kinds of possible futures from becoming reality. No matter what future awaits us, there will always be a precious few who will not comply. But it will take near total devastation of the rest before those few will find their voice and be heard. It will take generations to regain the ground lost by humanity if we don’t pay attention now. Let’s pay attention to “Farenheit 451″, “Anthem”, “The Hunger Games”, and “The Giver” not just as well-written fiction, but also as real possibilities. Many realities have come to pass by the thoughts and imaginations of writers of fiction. Human inspiration comes from all kinds of sources. Ideas don’t have to become reality, but they certainly can if we do not pay attention.

  • Brian Mckenzie

    Smells like a rip off of the Russian Classic Oblomov’s Dream and the Neo Classic – Logan’s Run

  • Steve

    I also have taught the book to 8th graders. I had them read it as a group project in class. The books stayed at school, so there was no reading ahead. We all discovered the book together, page by page. Daily discussions were quite illuminating. I’ve never seen students, individually and as a whole, voluntarily reveal so much detail about their lives while discussing. The most thought-provoking series of lessons I ever taught.

    • GailStensland

      You sound like a GREAT teacher. I wish there were more like you!

  • Anonymous

    The Liberal World….coming soon to your children’s lives

  • tenntwister

    Shades of Agenda 21, Anthem, 1984, Brave New World. I was not familiar with this book.

  • John Wesley

    Conformity is of Satan. Jesus chose Free Agengy. Satan wanted to force us to do his will.

  • Mango

    I read the book in the 6th grade, 12 years ago now, and I still remember it as one of the best books I had to read for school. “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong,” if that’s not a talking point right out of the current administration, I don’t know what its.

  • Anonymous

    This is your future with BAM BAM and his big ass wife

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of conformity and political correctness I would like to point out the blatant hypocrisy of this site in it’s over the top PC moderators. They have gone from no moderation whatsoever to either use of trigger words, or taking complaints against certain people based on the opposing views inability to rationally argue their point.
    I don’t know which it is. You can see some people on either side of a discussion post the most vulgar crap and then have a comment censored when a word “some” deem as offensive is used in it’s correct context with no disrespect intended. What respect I still have left for Beck will hinge on how this is handled. [Not that I expect he reads these posts much], but you never know.

  • Adam Jenson

    I’m not sure about this, I have been looking up the author and she seems to be pretty liberal. There may be unintentional conservative things in the book/movie buts its pretty clear the author thinks the villains are conservatives.

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