Divergent is a heart-pounding and unique blockbuster that is sure to set the bar high for this summer. Great casting, superior visual effects and political themes earn this film the rightful title as the next Hunger Games.
In a futuristic Chicago divided by factions, Beatrice Prior learns she’s Divergent and that means she doesn’t fit into any faction. When she discovers a plot to eliminate Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents so dangerous before it’s too late.
Shailene Woodley is making her name known, with her heartbreaking performance in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now, she has earned rave reviews across the board. In Divergent she brings strength and bravery as Tris, short for Beatrice, and her ability to portray hurt and conflict sets her apart from other females in young adult films. The chemistry of Tris and the ever-so-handsome Four is believable without being creepy (Hello, Bella and Edward). It is refreshing that Tris doesn’t always need a man to rescue her. Theo James is excellent at playing the brooding leading man, Four. His emotional rage is limited but mostly due to his character’s disposition, hopefully the sequels will pick up on his development. Kate Winslet was amazing as Jeanine, a Erudite leader who leads the rebellion against Divergents.
The writing was a little cliched, but young adult films usually are. But with the material provided, the actors performed remarkably. A few scenes looked over done and two or three scenes had too much “mood lighting” but its something easily forgiven.
The film has mild issues, like lighting, and it’s a little slow in the beginning. But it’s nothing unmanageable. Go see the film if you want some cool action sequences and an interesting look at government roles.
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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ Professor Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban