Author: Veronica Roth, Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor (screenplay)
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a movie review because to be honest, I don’t get to the movies as often as I used to. But like everyone else, I had to go and see what all the hype was about regarding Divergent. It’s been a while since I read the book, so in some ways, it was like reading it all over again, only on the movie screen. I took my thirteen year old son with me because he’s not a reader, but he wanted to see the movie, so I thought what the heck. I’ll get his opinion as well.
For those who are unfamiliar with Divergent, I’ve given you the blurb of the book just to help you out. As it states above, after the destruction of Chicago, Tris and the rest of the survivors survived by living in a society that was divided into five factions, but things are never as they seem, which is what makes a good book and movie. Tris, our heroine, is about to make the biggest decision of her life as a young adult and that’s trusting in the test to tell her who she is and who she should be, by revealing her faction. There’s only one little hang-up. Her tests are inconclusive because….you guessed it, she’s a divergent, which in some eyes make her dangerous. Will Tris be able to keep her secret and live with her choices. Guess you’ll have to read the book or go watch the movie to find out.
If you’re a teenager or even a college student, you’re going to like the movie. I must admit that I found myself engrossed in the plot and rooting for Tris and Four who were definitely the underdogs in this saga. But what I found more interesting was how the theater filled with dreamy sighs each and every time Four appeared on screen. I must admit that the man is brooding and sexy as all get out. There were times I felt a little purvey for thinking about how hot he was, but then I got over and continued to enjoy the show.
Shalen Woodley, who plays Tris, did an amazing job of not only bringing this character to life, but also in delivering a performance that drew the audience into her world. She’s young, at times naive, yet fierce and determined not only to stay alive, but also to protect those she loves. The chemistry between Tris and Four was off the charts, and on the flip side, the chemistry between Tris and Eric was full of animosity, which only enhanced the entertainment value of the story. I enjoyed the quirky remarks and sense of humor that came before and after some intense moments which made the story feel more real.
As stated previously Four was brooding, sexy, and a perfect fit for this story. I enjoyed watching Tris and Four bond as their relationship blossomed throughout the movie. It was refreshing to watch both characters be willing to reveal their fears in order to help one another survive. Their stand against the leader of the Erudites – aka – Kate Winslet – was inspiring, passionate, fierce and a force to be reckoned with. As the plot thickened and more lies were unveiled, I found myself thinking, this is a pretty good movie. I asked the thirteen year old what he thought afterwards and low-and-behold, he actually liked it and wants to see the next movie in the series. Now whether or not I’ll get him to rad the book is slim pickings, but even I have a dream.
Overall, Divergent the movie was entertaining with a cast of characters who understood what the author was trying to do in the book. I enjoyed the connection between our hero and heroine, as well as the secondary characters who were three-dimensional and complex. There was no easy answers or choices, as sacrifices were made and that’s all I’m saying in case you want to read the book or check out the movie, which I highly recommend. In fact, to help you out, I thought we’d have a little contest and give one lucky winner a copy of the book on us. But before we get to that, here’s my movie rating for Divergent.
Rated 5 Buckets of Popcorn and a Recommended Slurpee by AJ!
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