New THE GIVER Trailer: Meryl Streep Rules in Black and White

     June 4, 2014


The Weinstein Company has released a new The Giver trailer for director Philip Noyce’s (Salt) adaptation of the beloved Lois Lowry book.  The sci-fi thriller takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver.  This is the first trailer to actually make the film stand out from the similarly themed Hunger Games and Divergent franchises (which is ironic, since Lowry’s source material predates both), as it appears that Noyce is keeping the black and white aesthetic from the book—at least at the beginning of the film.  The clip also gets a boost from Clint Mansell’s Requiem for a Dream score, but overall I’m now a bit more interested in seeing what Noyce has put together.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Giver trailer.  The film also stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, and Odeya RushThe Giver opens in theaters on August 15th.

Watch the trailer below via Yahoo! Movies.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Giver:

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The film is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbury Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.


  • Dan

    Holy crap… I think they took my advice. I commented on the first trailer saying it should really be black and white, and now it is!! (I know this is not likely, but I am still happy)

    • Leo Spaceman

      The world is literally in Black and White in the book. There was never a shred of doubt that the movie wouldn’t be in Black and White as the base theme of the book is about learning to see the different colors of the world.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Wow, that is absolutely nothing at all like the book. They turned it into the God Damn Hunger Games. Seriously, that is absolutely nothing like the book. At All.

    • axalon

      The kids are at least twice the ages : /

      • Leo Spaceman

        And his dad wasn’t killing babies, he was killing random people. There was one brief clip of him drowning holding what looked like a baby, but if they replace saving the baby with saving Taylor Swift, for me the movie will be officially HorseS**t

      • Hand

        Well, he did kill one of the twins in the book. But you have a point. The less of Taylor swift the better.

  • Hand

    This looks nothing like the book. Hoping it will be worthwhile but I’m not pleased thus far.

  • The Flobbit

    More dystopian/utopia in a totalitarian future turned upside down by a young teen. Pass, pass, pass.

    • Divergent Games clone

      Seriously. This movie looks terrible.. PASS!

  • bidi

    i’m still skeptical of this project but this new trailer looks better than the first one

  • Yurine

    They keep toting Taylor Swift as a cast member but we have yet to see her in a trailer. Maybe they cut her out like Rouge in X-men.

  • Bo

    All these young adult books being turned into movies with worth while themes of conformity and blandness in culture. Do they, are they, having an effect on the young people who see them? Because all I see is young people lining up like robots and drones conforming to the cultural blandness and waste of comic book/super hero movies with a lot of flash and bang and about as long lasting as cotton candy while remaining eager and hungry for more of the same.

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  • scheebles

    The injections defeat the entire purpose of the communities in the novel. They borrowed the blot device of Brave New World using injections to explain why humans would embrace this way of life. Lowry’s book was fascinating because the members of the community freely chose these way of life due to ignorance and fear. The only thing they “took” was basically a chemical castration pill to eliminate sexual desire. This trailer implies evil and manipulative governments trying to repress their citizens. The Giver was about everyone agreeing with a faulty notion. There was indeed harmony between the government (which was benevolent for the most part) and the people, but it came at the cost of individuality and genuine emotion.

    And yes “release” (euthanasia) was practically evil, but the adults of the community were aware of it and agreed upon it. Again, something adopted out of ignorance, not evil shadowy governments.

  • Jamesy

    I’m all for adapting source material, but when its adapted from “best sellers” it all ends up being the same. Coming of age stories, set in dystopian future, rebelling etc, all good themes to explore but please explore them in new ways.

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