Movie review: Divergent (2014)


‘Divergent’ is a science-fiction action film directed by Neil Burger and is based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The story takes place in adystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago where people are divided into five distinct factions based on human virtues. Beatrice Prior is warned that she is Divergent and thus will never fit into any one of the factions and soon learns that a sinister plot is brewing in her seemingly perfect society. The film starred Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, etc.

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The idea making up to this story is very interesting. People categorized into different factions and thus had to live and work at separate locations and environments. This is obeyed by all to maintain peace but then, people especially of ‘Divergents’ started to go against the system which will soon lead to rebel or revolution. ‘Divergent’ served as the start of all these before further story continues in its sequel, Insurgent and Allegiant.  I find that this novel series has some sort of similar theme to that of ‘The Hunger Games’ novels which are also adapted into films and achieved bigger success in box office. Don’t you think so?

Let’s get back to this film. This kind of interesting story has a lot to tell. But there is still worry. If the movie gets to tell almost everything of it, then audiences will get bored easily. If the other way round, then we will find that the movie lacks important details to do justice for the book. Fortunately, this movie strikes a balance. It is fast-paced and at the same time, things aren’t left out like important character’s development, story building-up scenes, etc.

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This is the second time this year I saw Shailene Woodley as the lead of a film. She was great in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, a critically-acclaimed romance movie. And yea…she is doing great in this one too that had both romance and action elements. For me, she looks like a newbie in the industry, but looking from her recent performances, I can say she is a strong new talent to watch out for in Hollywood. But, there is still room of improvement for her. Other casts did great too. Ohh…Ansel Elgort whom is Shailene’s lover in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ also appeared in this film, but now as his brother (only a supporting character). Theo James is her romantic interest in ‘Divergents’ and they both had quite a good chemistry too. On the other hand, eventhough Kate Winslet is given very minimal time on-screen as the villain here, but she nailed it too. Excellent.

Generally, this movie is an interesting and entertaining piece of science-fiction particularly appealing to teenagers. It has all the substance to deliver as a teen sci-fi; sets in future where a new system reigns, young and good-looking casts, tackling friendship and most of all romance elements (luckily for this one, these didn’t turn out boring), and also having the intense or thrilling parts. Fairly engaging and with strong cast performances, this movie deserved to gross more in box office. I enjoyed watching this movie yesterday and it ended my Monday’s night with good mood. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Divergents’ a total of 7.5. It’s sequel ‘Insurgents’ will be released mid next year.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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