139 Min | Adventure – Romance | April 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Neil Burger
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
Divergent Review: Divergent is a film adaptation of the novel, written by veronica Roth, that takes place in dystopian Chicago. The society that resides there is split into five groups or “factions”, each representing different virtues: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite. On a certain day each year, all youth that are 16 years old take test that determined which faction is the best fit. In the end, no matter what the result, one is free to choose whatever faction they wish to. However, if that faction is different from the one they were raised in, they must leave their families and everything else behind and fully commit to their new role in society.Tris (Shailene Woodley) is one of these 16 year olds to be divided. On testing day she shows equal aptitude for three separate factions, making her “Divergent”. Confused, Tris is told to keep her results a secret and ends up choosing the Dauntless faction.
As Tris deals with the grueling challenges of becoming Dauntless, she discovers that being divergent entails much more than she ever imagined. Divergent does a great job at making the book an emotional and entertaining movie without sacrificing major plot points that would otherwise leave fans disappointed. The Tris and Four (Theo James) are well cast. There’s nothing particularly outstanding but they are enjoyable to watch. Their romance was whittled down significantly for the film,. And while it is a major part, it didn’t overshadow the story as a whole.
The music was really impressed. The soundtrack is fun. But the musical score, composed by Junkie XL, is what stood out most. There are a handful of very emotional scenes and the music really drives it home. The obstacles that Tris encounters will translate to audiences of all ages. It’s a great story with multiple scenes. Out of all young-adult-dystopian novels that have been made into movies.
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