Trouble in a vanilla paradise

Published Thu, Aug 21, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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DYSTOPIAN societies - those bleak places in the future where independent thinking is suppressed and everything is characterised by a sinister soullessness - are all the rage in the movies these days. Whether it's a space station studded with luxury homes (Elysium, 2013), earth in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event (Oblivion, 2013) or a nation ruled by ruthless leaders (The Hunger Games, 2012), it doesn't bode well unless you're sitting at the council table as a member of the privileged elite.

And so it goes in The Giver, the latest in a long line of movies aimed at young adults - those members of the movie-viewing public most likely to partake in unbridled spending at the popcorn counter. Much like the society it depicts, the film - directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B Weide and based on the novel of the same name by Lois Lowry - is depressingly bland.…

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