I found that the theme in the The Giver was really good. Sure, it was in your face and blatant, but it is a worthwhile theme (free will and being informed).
When I look around me, I see far too many people screaming for that exact same "sameness" in The Giver. People don't want choices. They want conformity. They hate free will with a demonic fury that I find sickening. "Let's all do things *this*
way and no other way at all."
Those are the people that I think are extremely dangerous. Their ideas are a cancer that infects society. The society in the film there was completely cancerous. People were emotionally and intellectually castrated. With that "soma" element playing a part there. The idea that your life should be determined by anyone other than you is nothing other than outright evil.
And not some candy-assed caricature of evil. Really, deep seated, sinister evil.
Eliminating free will is the ultimate evil.
And yet we have throngs of people screaming for exactly that. Multitudes of them eager to strip you and everyone of choice.
While the film is pretty simple in that message, I appreciate that someone took the time to at least say so. It's probably even more important for teens to understand that, because from my generation, there are far too many seriously sick and evil people out there that somehow think that they have right to dictate how other people live.
And that doesn't even get into historical accuracy, which the film doesn't address, but it alludes to it in a subtle way.
So, yeah... I really do enjoy seeing films that promote free will and similar ideas. Even if they're not all that deep.