Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Divergent Review

Divergent finally get's the silver screen, blockbuster treatment, which is based on author Veronica Roth’s best selling young adult novels. If you're a fan of The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, you will no doubt enjoy this "coming of age" movie as well. 

Divergent is a story about a dystopian society set after a great war. Those who survived were split into five factions to better the society - Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity and Erudite. The film’s heroine, sixteen year old Tris (), was raised Abnegation. However, during the ritual of the Choosing Ceremony (where one can choose to switch factions), Tris is posed with a difficult decision - choose the one she was raised in or follow her instincts. Well, it's obvious which path she chooses. Even though Dauntless betrays the Abnegation values she was brought up with, it takes her half the movie to fully realize she’ll never completely conform to any one faction. Tris discovers her true self, and becomes a pretty rad teen warrior near the end.

The underlining theme of the movie is: those who don’t conform are seen as a threat, which isn't original per-se, but definitely relevant.  I was willing to over look the film's flaws (i.e. pacing, weak ending, rushed love story etc.) due, in huge part, to the excellent performances by everyone. Seriously, all the actors were perfectly cast and have a tremendous amount of talent. Director, , keeps the film moving along on a relatively straightforward/predictable track, never straying too far off the narrative path, minus the ending of course.  There really isn't any good reason why he didn't keep Roth's ending in the book. Instead the climactic turn of events posed more questions and let's face it was pretty, darn hookey. With that said, I still really enjoyed this film.  If you're a fan of the books you won't be disappointed (too much if at all). 


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