Divergent Review

I’m a huge fan of films that are set in the distant post war future. In fact sometimes I do think that because of how fragile society can be, that perhaps we may see such a future. Well this movie or book is very similar to The Hunger Games, which I am a huge fan of so there will be comparisons.

The Plot

Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth, Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group.

When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

The Verdict

With the splitting of factions and how one Tris feels like she doesn’t belong, there is that familiar theme in this movie. At the end of the day (and this isn’t a spoiler), it’s all about deciding you’re own values. Would you conform to society and choose faction before family or remember what it’s like to be an actual human and choose you’re family first!

The action is pretty straight forward, it is still the first movie where things are being set up and I particularly enjoyed watching Shailene Woodley. She’s been complimented as the next Jennifer Lawrence but it’s still early days. I am very encouraged that she’s gonna be Mary Jane Watson in the next Spiderman film. She’s a character very dear to me so it’s great that someone with her personality and looks is going to be taking on the role.

She pulls off awkward very well, unsure of her place but her development might have been rushed at a certain point. Well it’s a movie and maybe there wasn’t enough time. Theo James was quite impressive as well, portraying a man who from the looks of his eyes, seems to have been through a lot. Anyone can guess that there will be a romantic interest between the two but I felt that maybe that could have been held off till the 2nd movie…..just my opinion (though the Veronica Roth would probably say otherwise)

Ashley Judd is also in this one and though it isn’t too big a role, it’s just lovely to see her on the big screen with the class and genuinity that shows in her eyes.

None the less, it’s a good film though a little unfortunate that many pop culture geeks will compare this to the much more established Hunger Games.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Woodley, at every turn, lets us feel as if we’re in her shoes, not so much Dauntless as thrillingly daunted with the task at hand. I think we can see in her character, ourselves as teenagers. So unsure of where we belong or what we’re meant to do. Thankfully picking a course in University wasn’t as difficult.

By Elliott Danker

Divergent opens in cinemas 20 Mar

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