It’s no Hunger Games but new young adult flick Divergent is an exciting adventure sure to tide over those craving a new dystopian love story.
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) stars as Tris, who lives a life of selflessness but yearns for something more. As the younger generation comes of age, they are tested and then get to choose which part of society they want to join. Each faction is defined by certain skill sets, and families are separated for good if they don’t fall into the same faction.
But Tris’ test determines she is a Divergent, showing strengths across three different factions instead of just one like everyone else. Tris has some big decisions to make which will change her life and challenge who she is. She risks being killed for her divergence, as she is unable to be controlled by others, but she somehow manages to find time to fall in love.
It’s a really fun film with some great characters and a solid storyline. Woodley does well as the adventurous and courageous Tris, who is determined to succeed in her faction. It was a bit Twilight in that Tris’ love interest, Four, takes priority over others but she shows she can take care of business when she’s riding solo.
Divergent is sometimes undercooked and hard to follow with all its jargon – if you haven’t read the books you could be scrambling to keep up as I was. All the different faction names and characters are almost as confusing as an episode of Game of Thrones.
Divergent also stars Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, who plots to overthrow the current government, and Zoe Kravitz as smart-mouthed Christina. Miles Teller, who starred in the Footloose remake, provides a few chuckles and Ashley Judd is the mum anyone could love.
Divergent preaches individuality, and sticking up for yourself even if you’re all alone, with a bit of romance on the side. That’s a message I can get behind.
Rating: M Violence.
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