Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a futuristic world in which society is divided into five factions. As each person enters adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for life. Tris chooses Dauntless -- those who pursue bravery above all else. However, her initiation leads to the discovery that she is a Divergent and will never be able to fit into just one faction. Warned that she must conceal her status, Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens everyone she loves.
Release Date: March 21, 2014
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Although there were some entertaining aspects of the movie I still have to vote this movie not worth your time. Maybe I am unfairly comparing it to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" but it just seemed to be lacking in some aspects.
There was some good acting and Shailene Woodley is showing she is a star in the making. I think fans of the book will like the movie, but for people like me it was just ok. This movie will do well in the theaters, and the young adult genre will enjoy the movie.
Like the "Hunger Games" this movie is not meant for the small kids. Hopefully it will fix a few things and the sequels will get better, but for now "Divergent is not a film I would pay full price for.March 24th, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
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In a Nutshell:
This planned trilogy is starting off with mixed reviews, despite its popular book by Veronica Roth. Hunger Games and Twilight fans will enjoy another heroine who can kick butt and fight the system while finding time for romance. Shailene Woodley has been successful in supporting roles, but this is the first time her performance carries an entire film.
I think the ideas are interesting and Director Neil Burger creates a dystopian setting that has holes, yet is still intriguing.
Uplifting theme: Tris declares “Don’t try to define me.” The movie is about independent will and finding ourselves. Jeanine Mathews (Kate Winslet) explains “The system removes the threat of anyone practicing their independent will. Divergence threatens that system. It won’t be safe until they’re removed.” Teens often question where they belong, as if there is only one place that they have to find to be “home.” This film takes a stab at showing we are multi-dimensional creatures that need to dance on many floors in order to find balance.
Things I liked:
• I’d love to play Capture the Flag with that glow-in-the-dark flag. How about playing PaintBall with those guns that shoot darts that make you feel like you’ve been really shot?
• This movie is full of dangerous stunts that make you want to stand in line to try. For example, I love that gigantic zip-line that goes through the city. Do you think Universal Studios will build one if this movie does well enough? I won’t be jumping onto moving trains any time soon though.
• I thought it was interesting to watch the fears some of the characters had. Four explains that most people have 10-15 really bad fears. When Tris can’t run away and her feet move slowly in mud during her “fear evasion” sequence, it reminded me that I had that same recurring dream when I was a little girl. It’s a terrible feeling to not be able to move forward, whether trying to escape danger or making progress on a goal.
• I thought it was an interesting concept that when people in the movie were injected with a certain serum that their thoughts could be controlled. Isn’t that called alcohol?
• I love Shailene’s thick, beautiful hair.
• Cool double infinity mirrors and other special effects.
• Who doesn’t love Ashey Judd?
• I’d like a blue jacket with the stylish neckline that Jeanine Mathews wears.
Things I didn’t like:
• The ending was disappointingly predictable, but I haven’t read the book, so I’m hoping there are more interesting things to come.
• Many of the characters were one-dimensional.
• Those in the Dauntless faction run during most of the movie, yet they’re never out of breath.
• Tris tells Four “I don’t want to go too fast.” The very next thing you see is her in bed near him. Huh?
• “My mother says there’s an art to losing yourself.” – Tris
• Tris sees the fear in Four’s eyes as they climb up and states “You’re afraid of heights.” He reveals “Everyone is afraid of something.”
• “Are you even human?” – Four says to Tris as he watches her climb a tower with ease.
• “This isn’t real.” What an empowering sentence you can say to yourself when you have fear. Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. One of my favorite quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt is “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Later, Tris says “Don’t think. Just jump.” I’m wondering if we’ll see that tagline on basketball shoes soon?
• “I think human nature is the enemy.” Jeanine Matthews What a terrible thought. Human nature is what makes us all fantastically flawed, interesting, and wonderful.
• “There is a certain beauty in the resistance, but it’s a beauty we can’t afford.” – Jeanine Matthews
• In Divergent, kids who leave the nest aren’t allowed to go back. In this troubled economy, we’re seeing an increase in “Boomerang Kids” as college graduates return home while trying to pay back student loans. How wonderful that families can pull together and embrace returning kids who return home to get support. On another level, it’s a great thing that we CAN reinvent ourselves and not be pigeon-holed into one thing in our lives.
• “We train soldiers, not rebels.” – Eric
• “Trust the test; it will tell you where you belong.” – Tori
Tips for parents: The language is clean, but there are a lot of dangerous stunts you may need to remind your kids NOT to try. An interesting dinner conversation with your family might be to ask everyone which faction they would want to join if they had to choose. Check out this fun Infogram MTV made and check out the Harry Potter comparisons.2 Thanks ·
Though the Divergent series of books have received their criticisms, the movie does a nice job of portraying this future world, with its various factions. Tris is a nice counterpoint to The Hunger Games' Katniss, as she moves from the Abnegation clan to embody all things Dauntless. All in all, she's a good Everygirl who becomes what she needs become to survive in this grave new world... See Full ReviewAugust 28th, 2014 · Details
I went to this movie hesistant because it seemed too similar to Hunger Games. I was thankfully very wrong. I really enjoyed the movie from beginning until almost the very end. The end seemed rushed and lacking in direction. But overall I really liked the movie and look forward to seeing the remaining parts. This may seem odd, but a little side note, Tris' hair was gorgeous.May 16th, 2014 · Details
Loved this movie. It's a little long but it's not a big deal. I recommend this movie :)April 10th, 2014 · Details
This was a fun movie that was interesting. It wasn't the best movie of the year, but it is entertaining.April 6th, 2014 · Details
Director Neil Burger ("Limitless") is perhaps too faithful to the eponymous novel by Veronica Roth, juggling a dizzying amount of names, labels, rules and regulations to establish time and place. Underneath all the lavish exposition is a basic good vs. evil story, with a pinch of social commentary and a dash of puppy love... See Full Review
Fun and well done. Only problem is waiting for the sequel to arrive.
Acting was really well done and refreshing to see some new faces combined with faces we have seen before.
Have not read the books but ordered them on Amazon after watching this.
Writers Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor and director Neil Burger believe in the source material and respect core fans enough to give us a sincere adaptation. To be fair to Hollywood, this may ultimately alienate a few audience members unfamiliar with Roth’s work, but the market is still there for this film, and more times than not, credibility is the right investment.
If nothing else, “Divergent” proves Woodley has the charisma and talent to carry a film. She’s been amazing in supporting roles and smaller films up until now, but “Divergent” proves she’s ready for the burden of stardom.
The second half of the movie goes on a bit, with too many rote combat scenes. Yet the director, Neil Burger (the fanciful craftsman who made Limitless and The Illusionist), keeps you invested, staging a rise-of-the-savior-heroine plot so that it seems less ritualistic than it does in the Hunger Games films... See Full Review