Upon purchasing my ticket for “Divergent,” I was as giddy as a little girl on Christmas morning. I read the trilogy over winter break and have been dying to see how the producers turned the futuristic version of America into a reality.
After what seemed like a lifetime sitting in the theater, the previews ended, and the plot began. Present-day America is a thing of the past. War broke out and many years later, citizens of what used to be Chicago are living in a fractured society. And by that I mean a Factioned society.
The inhabitants of the nearly ruined city are kept within its boundaries through the use of a sky-high electric fence and have been divided into five categories, or Factions.
There is Amity, whose members value peace and harmony, Candor who pride themselves in honesty, Abnegation, that live to serve others, Erudite, who respect intelligence, and Dauntless, the brave.
The main character Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, was born into an Abnegation family and has reached the point in adolescence when a person must choose whether to stay within their born Faction, or be exiled by their family and friends in order to live within a new Faction.
After taking the test that is supposed to provide direction, Tris finds out that her results pointed towards Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite, when they are only supposed to lead to one Faction. This rare anomaly is called Divergent, a quality that is now being stomped out by the government.
From here the film takes a dangerous turn. Tris is jumping off of buildings, throwing knives, and practicing hand-to-hand combat, while looking perfectly awkward and weak.
Thankfully, her instructor, Four (Theo James), has taken quite the shining to Tris, and is offering her extra help in multiple categories (if you know what I mean).
Like any good tween series after one kiss, the two are dropping the L-bomb like their lives depend on it. Even though their livelihoods sort of do depend on them working together, the movie still could use a bit more time spent on the love story.
Everyone always says that the books are so much better than the movies, but in this case, the two were pretty well matched.
However, having read the series, I was infuriated by the large amount of added-in conflict and fight scenes.
Someone needs to tell director Neil Burger that there doesn’t need to be an epic battle between the two forces in every single film. During this huge fight, Tris and Four kill about 20 people in the room, and the only person they let survive is the female Hitler, Jeanine, played by Kate Winslet.
Apart from that, the film stayed mostly true to the book, which is always a tough feat. Although I pictured some of the characters differently, the cast represented the characters perfectly. I really enjoyed the film and plan to see it again in theatres. I give Divergent Four stars, pun intended.