“Divergent,” the latest teen dystopian action-adventure novel turned movie, was released this past weekend. Based on the first book in the best-selling trilogy by Veronica Roth, the story follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior, a girl living in a futuristic world where people are split into “factions” of society. The people who don’t fit into factions are marked as “Divergent,” or a threat to society. Tris fights to stay in one faction or risks her secret as a Divergent becoming known.
Shailene Woodley stuns as Tris, fulfilling the promise from her great role in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” The film also features Kate Winslet, Miles Teller and newcomer Ansel Elgort. Other strong characters include Four, played by Theo James, and Christina, played by Zoë Kravitz. Each character brings a different dynamic to the cast that furthers the institutions of “factions” within the movie.
The lavish, futuristic scenery was ultramodern but didn’t lose the audience in a completely different world. The “factions” were separated in every way, from costume design to living quarters, and it was interesting to see how each was represented within the movie.
The plot’s twists and turns kept unsuspecting audience members at attention. While that is more of a testament to the novel itself, the movie did a great job of retelling it on the big screen. Almost as striking as the movie is the accompanying soundtrack, featuring big names such as Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Skrillex and Snow Patrol. The scenes were well-scored, intensifying the action scenes and creating a thrilling picture.
It’s hard to lose sight of “Divergent’s” similarities to “The Hunger Games.” There are factions and districts, the Choosing Ceremony and the Reaping, as well as the common theme of teenagers fighting for success in a post-apocalyptic world. That being said, if you like “The Hunger Games,” you’ll probably also love “Divergent.” As long as their similarities won’t bother you, it’ll entertain you while you’re waiting for “Mockingjay.”
“Divergent” isn’t filled with artistry and pomp, so if you’re looking for the next Oscar blockbuster, you’re in the wrong theater. But if you’re looking to have a fun time at the movies, then it’s definitely worth the go. Cast members have signed up for two more movies, meaning this series will be around for a while.