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Divergent

Director: Neil Burger

Writers:  Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd and Kate Winslet.

Plot:  Originally a book trilogy by Veronica Roth; now developed into a film quadrilogy.  Divergent is set is a futuristic dystopia, where society functions by people being divided into 5 factions.  The factions represent different virtues; Erudite for the smart and logical, Amity for the kind and peaceful, Candor for the honest, Dauntless for the fearless and brave, and Abnegation for the selfless.  A Divergent is a person who does not truly belong to one faction, and therefore is deemed dangerous as it upsets the way society is now run.  Each person must choose their faction as a teenager, once joining they cannot leave.  The story follows Tris and her choice.  Once she finds out she is a Divergent, she realises she is in danger.

Review:  I always find that most books turned into films are disappointing; they lose the important details when changing to a screenplay.  Having never read the book, I watched this with an open mind.  I found I was disillusioned with Divergent.  The premise is good, but the implementation isn’t quite as good.  I think Woodley and James are both good actors, but not made to play opposite each other.  I think James should’ve been replaced by a younger actor.  The age gap is too obvious.  I thought Judd was good as Tris’s mother.  Winslet was great; it was nice to see her playing a slightly different role.  It was a slow build up to the major event in the film, which was over too quickly.

The Director, Neil Burger, also directed Limitless (film starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Nero) and The Illusionist (film starring Edward Norton).  Both of these films I found interesting; both having a twist at the end.  This is not up to his usual standard.

To sum it up, I feel it is an overrated film.  The stunts and music are good, I give it a 5 out of 10.  I know it is a trilogy of books; the next one is ‘Insurgent’ which is filming at the moment.  It has different writers and director, so maybe it will surprise me.  Perhaps this film is only for the fans of the book.  Looking at other films and book trilogies with similar themes, such as The Hunger Games, Divergent has a lot of catching up to do.

Rating: 5 out of 10

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