In every movie, it seems, they have to leave something out. Maybe it was in the original script and they had to cut it for time or maybe they just didn't think it was important enough to include. Somethings, though, should be included to make the story believable.
This is my list of the top 5 plot holes in The Giver.
If you haven't seen the movie yet and you don't want any spoilers stop reading here. This is a list of the top 5 plot holes, I make no promises.
5. Why Kill Babies?
This is an aspect of there society that they don't explain. While in the room with "The Giver," Jonas witnesses a recording of his Dad "releasing" (their word for kill) a baby. However, they never explain why.
Is it population control? Do they only want fat people in their society (they were weighing the two babies, the one that was heavier got to live while the other was not so lucky)?
Why, in a world that they created to do away with killing, would they murder these infants?
The way they made it sound in the beginning of the movie, they had been living this way for a very long time (especially since people seemed content with the system like it was second nature). So, what were they remembering when the boundary of memory was crossed? Was it their past or someone else's?
If it was someone else's then how did they get those memories? If it was their's how long ago was it and how did they extract the memories from everyone so easily?
This might be the one question that they touched on the least. The only reason it's not number one is because it's not as important.
How did the government take away the populations ability to see colors? I can understand, a little bit, taking away emotions and memories but colors?
You would have to operate on everyone in order to take away the ability of their eyes to process colors, but then how would giving Jonas the memories of colors suddenly give him the ability to see them again?
You don't have to learn to see colors. It's not a teachable skill. Some people are colorblind while others aren't. Those that are colorblind cannot learn to not be.
2. Memory Transfering
One of the things that I found most strange about the movie was the Givers ability to transfer memories. One of the things they didn't touch on was how. How was the giver able to transfer his memories to Jonas? Is he psychic? Jonas was also able to transfer memories to the baby he carried towards the end of the movie, did he inherit that ability from "The Giver?"
There were a few hints that it had something to do with that birthmark on their wrists. Does everyone have that mark? If not, then only those with the mark could be chosen to be the "Receiver of Memory." That would mean the fact that he was chosen had nothing to do with his intelligence, just his wrist.
1. The Boundary of Memory
They touched a little bit on this subject, but not nearly enough. Why does the boundary of Memory exist? Why, if a "Receiver of Memory" crosses it, do all the memories get released?
Jonas didn't have the job for very long, and he also only had a fraction of the memories. Why did this "magic boundary" automatically recognize him as a "Receiver of Memory?" Did they have to create the boundary in order to take everyone's memories away? Why couldn't anyone cross it and release the memories?
Do you agree with my list?
Did you notice these things in the movie?
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