Divergent! The newest teeny bopper book turned into epic film! If you liked Twilight, and Hunger Games, and you a teenage girl you are bound to like this! But serially, Divergent! A film directed by Neil Burger, and has an incredible cast! Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravits, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, and Kate Winslet! I enjoyed this film, had a few problems with it, mostly because I am not familiar with the source material, and for that, the real fans of the book series and this film are probably not going to like reading my take on the film.
Based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, Divergent is a post-apocalyptic film where Chicago is the only city to survive some war and in a way that is not really explained to the audience the city is divided into 5 factions, with names I’m not even going to try and remember. The governing faction that live like Amish kind of, the smart ones that know everything, the workers that farm, there’s another one, and then there Dauntless (remembered that one) the badass military unit. Beatrice (Woodley) is in the Amish faction with her brother and it comes time to take a test for the both of them that will tell them where they belong. If the test doesn’t work you are Divergent, a free thinker and not welcomed in society. Well Beatrice is Divergent and even though she is told to run home and hide, she chooses to join Dauntless, because apparently the test doesn’t matter and you can choose what you want. Rigorous training ensues and eventually a showdown happens and we have our movie!
What I liked about this was the training that takes up the majority of the film. It’s nothing new, weaker person with a big heart slowly gets better and becomes the top dog. Woodley does a great job making us believe she really struggled to survive training. Jai Courtney plays one of our antagonist and this guy, he’s an asshole. Right off the bat you look at him and say, yes, this guy is a jerk. I feel Courtney can be a big star going forward, he’s great in action films. Kate Winslet plays the ruler of everything, and like Courtney, you look at her just know she’s an evil witch. Miles Teller has a role and when I saw he was in this film I was excited because he is building a pretty good resume while gearing up for The Fantastic Four babies, problem is, in this film he is very one dimensional. It’s not Tellers fault, the character is written that way.
Much Like Tellers character, I felt the love story between Woodley and Theo James’ character was bit unnecessary. I understand I am not the key demographic and that it is there because the teenage girls that this film is made for will eat it up. The Love story was written well enough, and you feel the spark grow between the two, but, as the movie can drag on a little bit, I feel if they had cut out some of this storyline it would of flowed better. The film can get confusing when it starts to get all Inception like on you going into people’s heads and fears, but all in all it’s not that hard to follow.
As someone who is not a fan of Twilight, or these teen heart throb books to film in general, when I walked into the theater I didn’t expect to be amazed, and yet I walked out actually enjoying the film. I gave this one a Jeebus score of 4, get your popcorn ready cause it’s a Good Time at the Theater