The Giver* (12A)
(US/South Africa 2014)
In a controlled society of the future, a youngster is given the responsibility to learn wisdom and knowledge of the world's troubled past, but uses it to rebel.
Reminiscent of Logan's Run and many other futuristic dramas, and like most of them, the society itself looks superficial and doesn't convince, but some of the images of the past are moving and powerful, the graduation of colour into the bland futuristic world is clever, and the veteran stars lend weight to what would otherwise be just another teenage fantasy franchise.
Written by: Michael Mitnick, Rober B. Weide, from the novel by Lois Lory.
Producers: Nikki Silver, Jeff Bridges, Neil Koenigsberg.
Director: Phillip Noyce.
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgaard, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Swift.
Photography: Ross Emery.
Music: Marco Beltrami.
Production Design: Ed Verraux.