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“Divergent” – Lionsgate Films – Debut 03/21/2014

Staring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, and Kate Winslet. 

Directed by Neil Burger


            I knew very little of this movie before I set out to see it with my wife. I was informed it was a book and it was a lot like The Hunger Games. Knowing that, I knew that it would likely appeal to a younger audience. Not to my surprise, the theater was full of teenagers, their parents, and adults under 40. I was curious because of some of the hype it received leading up to the movies’ release.


            The story takes place in a post apocalyptic world (sounds familiar) and it centers around a 16 year old girl (sounds familiar again) named Tris. The city (or society) is split up between 5 distinct factions. The city’s culture revolves around the factions, that factions over blood. At a certain age, a person takes a test to help them make their choice as to which faction they are to join for the rest of their lives. Tris’s family, before her faction choosing, is involved with politics and her faction is rather disliked by another faction. The movie tries to convey that there’s a conspiracy going on within the government and Tris’s faction.


            Without giving away more of the movie, I would say that the movie was very entertaining and very visually appealing. However, I walked away saying that it was a poor man’s version of the Hunger Games. It centered around a 16 year old girl, post apocalypse, predicatable romantic scenes, and instead of 13 districts, there’s 5 factions. Tris becomes rebellious against her government…just like in the Hunger Games. There’s too many comparisons to name them all.


            Bottom line, did I like the movie? Yes I did, I thought it was entertaining, and worth seeing, but don’t expect too much out of it, it’s clearly catered to a younger audience. I did like that the story took place in Chicago and took place in places I’ve personally have been to. The acting was alright, the story was fairly predictable, but if you’re looking for decent entertainment, watch the movie.


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review by Matthew Haumschild



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