“Divergent”

Jessie Hellmann

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Neil Burger’s Divergent follows the trend of movies about dystopian societies, which seem to appeal to the young adult demographic.

Divergent, originally a book authored by Veronica Roth, takes place in a futuristic Chicago, where members of society are split into five factions.

When children come of age, they must take a test, which tells them what faction they really belong in. Which is sometimes different than the one they’re born in.

The movie follows the main character, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, portrayed by Shailene Woodley, who was born into a faction that’s sole purpose of being was to help other people.

Tris picks a different faction and the movie focuses on her adjustment to standing out in a group completely different than anything she’s ever known – the reckless and daring Dauntless.

Those who choose Dauntless don’t know that Dauntless must also choose them, and the initiates must master different tasks and even fight each other for the right to membership.

“Divergent” is truly about finding oneself at a young age and has a consistent theme of a desire to prove one’s self.

Doubts were had about how well Woodley could portray such a deep character as an actress who is probably best known for her role on the “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” but she did not disappoint.

She successfully shows the audience how even a girl raised into a faction where members are taught not to indulge in vain activities like looking in the mirror can turn into a fearless heroin.

However, the second half of the movie went on a little too long with far too many combat scenes.

Directors gave the illusion that the movie was ending at least four times before it actually was.

Of course, how could a movie aimed at the young-adult demographic be complete without a Hollywood heartthrob love-interest? Enter Theo James as Four, a drill sergeant who turns out to have a heart of gold. He succeeds at keeping the audience terrified by his intimidating appearance, but intrigued at the same time.

“Divergent” does a good job of setting up the scene for the sequel “Insurgent” to hit the screens in a few years.

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