Here comes a great example of a really good and successful book that school kids love becoming a movie. And shouldn't have.
This 1993 book has been, and is a favorite of many. But this is a great example of a movie that gets lost in translation - big time. Sometimes the mind can simply paint a better picture than Hollywood, and that's certainly the case here. Although this really didn't, and won't fine a gigantic audience, it will find a dedicated one as loyalties can run deep when remembering a favorite book.
This is in the future. After "The Ruin." Society has been reborn by the Elders, and now "sameness" is the way of life. Everyone is exactly equal and live the exact same life, in the exact same house, and clothes. And all memories of the past are erased from society. Daily injections are given to make everyone numb, and without emotion. There is no disagreement, no conflict, or drama, music or anything really great. Everyone dresses the same. No feelings, no sex, no love. Families are arranged, including raising children not born by the raising parents. In short, life really stinks.
The only wrinkle is, that one person is chosen to store all of the memories of the past in their mind, and he must keep to himself. Why? I'm not really sure why, since the Elders are so bent on making sure that no one ever knows about it. But The Giver (Jeff Bridges) is that man. And his job is to transfer and share all of the memories of the worlds past to his new and younger protege' Jonus (Brenton Thwaites). But can someone who knows nothing except "sameness" and literal total equality handle the fact the world was once a far more conflicted and complicated place? And what will he do with all that secret info? Will he attempt to share it with the world and restore the beauty once known?