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'The Giver' takes on more action, but something's missing
'The Giver' takes on more action, but something's missing

If it does little else, the movie version of Lois Lowry's "The Giver" restores that prize-winning young adult novel's pride of place as the elegant progenitor of dystopian follow-ups like "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." Unfortunately, little else is just what this disappointing film ends up doing. It's not that there's anything terribly wrong with "The Giver," which is directed by the capable veteran Phillip Noyce and stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and young Brenton Thwaites. It's more that the resulting film has a bland, earnest, even pokey quality that no amount of tinkering with the book's plot has...

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