Divergent is an action thriller based on the young adult novel series by Veronica Roth. It is set in Chicago 100 years into the future where people are divided into five factions based on their human virtues and defining traits. The Divergents are a dangerous a set of people that never fit into these factions. Tris Prior is warned she is a Divergent and discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents. Tris and the mysterious Four joined forces in order to find out the reason why Divergents are so dangerous before it is too late.
Divergent bears a lot of resemblance to “The Hunger Games” with themes of female empowerment and individuality mixed with teen romance in futuristic environment of violence, political and social unrest.
The story is solid and well told, the main characters are well developed but a few characters are under developed which will be a problem future series. The actors did a good job with good cinematography and production design. It is relatively long with a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes but it has enough good action scenes to keep you interested.
The movie is another young adult movie being shaped into a series and may have a good chance of turning into one with its strong themes and the movie being well made except that the theme is not original. It is almost an exact copycat of “the Hunger Games” with the same theme of young adults trying to conform in a dystopian future.
If you have seen “the Hunger games” and you are an adult, there’s no need to see Divergent but if you are a teenager go ahead and see it, you will like it.
It stars Shaeilene Woodley as Tris Prior, Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, and Theo James as Four. Directed by Neil Burger.
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