Mini-Review: Divergent


Released: March 21, 2014

Story: In THE FUTURE, the world has been divded in different factions representing different qualities: bravery, peacefulness, intelligence, selflessness, and honesty. A teenager named Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) is labeled as a divergent, someone who has qualities of all the factions, but is told to keep that fact a secret. Tris picks a faction and starts to develop a relationship with her faction trainer, a mysterious man named Four (Theo James). Together they must uncover the mystery behind divergents and why some wish their irradication.

Thoughts: I really don’t give a rats behind about this movie. Can’t say that view has really changed since I saw it the other day, but I was surprised by how much I did like it.

What I enjoyed about the film was its liesure. It never feels like its rushing despite it being a book adaption. It rarely feels as excruciatingly slow as Ender’s Game did. (Snail’s pace doesn’t describe Ender’s Game. Dead guy’s pace is a more apt description.) Divergent takes its time and gives events room to breath. If you don’t read the book beforehand, you probably won’t be able to tell that a lot is being condensed.

I don’t have much else to say. The characters are fine, the villain (played by Kate Winslet) is good (if annoyingly narrow minded but she’s supposed to be), the story is interesting, but not a whole lot stood out for me. It’s not the next Potter or even Hunger Games but it’s worth at least a rental.

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