DIVERGENT Movie Review
Based on the best-selling novel by Veronica Roth, Divergenttakes place in the future in a seemingly perfect, utopian society where there are five factions, or categories, in which people develop a certain virtue (Dauntless, the brave; Erudite, the intelligent; Abnegation, the selfless; Amity, the peaceful; and Candor, the honest). 16-year-old Tris Prior is Abnegation-born. When she takes the test to help determine which faction she belongs in, her results come up inconclusive and she learns she is “Divergent.” Her mind cannot conform to a single way of thinking for long. She chooses Dauntless to hide herself within the dangerous, thrill-seeking faction, but when she discovers a scheme that will undermine her world, her life is not the only one that is in danger.
Inevitably, many critics will want to compare Divergent to The Hunger Games. The only thing the two drastically different movies share is a stubborn female protagonist fighting in a dystopian world. This movie stays very true to the book in bringing alive the complex world and interesting premises. The detailed sets are simply stunning in their authenticity from the Dauntless Pit to the Chicago skyline. Every single actor was top notch. Shailene Woodley (Tris) brought vulnerability and strength to her role while co-star Theo James (Four) was perfectly mysterious yet emotionally open on screen. Their chemistry was communicated through both the dialogue and their expressive eyes. The rest of the cast was phenomenal as well.
Aside from having an underdeveloped plot and a long run time of 140 minutes, Divergent was overall very likable from the grounded real sets to the talented cast. Although it doesn’t reach the scope and high stakes of The Hunger Games, Divergent was, at its core, an action movie with guns galore without feeling too much like an action blockbuster. The line between war games and real war begins to blur towards the end. The overwhelming violence during the Dauntless training is also brutal, so parents should be aware of the film’s PG-13 rating. Divergent is an exhilarating thrill-ride, and audiences will love the rush of adrenaline in this dystopian film.