Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor, Veronica Roth (author of novel)
Main Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort
Seen: At the theater
Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her. Summary found here.My Review: I've heard so many differing opinions on this movie. As it is based of a
I would like to just say that I am sorry for anything I said about Theo James not being a good Four before seeing this movie because I was so wrong! Theo was amazing! Even though he definitely doesn't look like how the Four in my head looks, I can get over that. It's impossible to find an actor who looks exactly how everyone pictured a character because everyone pictures characters differently. But, like I was saying, Theo rules. You can be Four anytime because you rocked it. Shailene also rocked it! I was nervous about her being Tris because she's so nice and sweet looking and I always pictured Tris very average and almost mean looking. But while I was watching the movie, I totally felt like Shailene was Tris. She did a fantastic job getting into character and I loved seeing Tris come alive through her!
The pacing of this movie was great. I know that it's always really hard to squeeze everything from a book into a movie adaption but I felt like they did a pretty good job with this one. I would have liked to see more of the first simulation when Tris was taking the aptitude test, but I can live without it. Everything was so action-packed and awesome! I was practically bouncing in my seat as I watched! Seeing Tris kick butt made me want to stand up and start running around and punching things (luckily I have some self control, otherwise the people sitting around me would not have been very happy).
Divergent is definitely a movie worth seeing. Even if you haven't read the book, the movie does a fantastic job of explaining the premise and the world we're in so that it's not confusing. I am so excited for them to start working on an adaption for the second book in this series, Insurgent!