Movie Review: Divergent

Posted May 23, 2015 by Sophia

Based on the novel by Veronica Roth
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
Release Date: March 21, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13

In a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

I have no clue what it is, but Lionsgate does a fantastic job when it comes to book based movies.

Divergent was great – the effects were amazing, especially in the serum scenes. The music has fantastic timing. The movie kept really close to the book and didn’t leave out any pertinent scenes that are just vital to the plot itself.

The actors casted didn’t do a bad job either – in fact, they were actually pretty good. There’s something about Theo James that I like as Four – he’s not exactly as cold in the movie as he is in the book. In fact, he’s actually hilarious at some points in the book, especially when Tris (Shailene Woodley) figures out that he’s afraid of heights while they’re getting a good vantage on the ferris wheel during capture the flag.

Tris is a little… meh. I’m not exactly complaining about her, but she just seems a little… emotionless sometimes. Either that, or she’s just really serious unless something bad happens (like someone dying). Plus, every time she realizes a simulation isn’t real, a reflection seems to be involved – I have no clue if that was in the book though.

I would, however, have loved to see Uriah, Marlene, Lynn in the movie. I’m not exactly too annoyed they weren’t a part of the movie version of Divergent since they don’t play a major role until Insurgent. Despite the fact they play a really small role, I feel like that small role is important in its own way that isn’t entirely tied to the overall plot yet. Casting just one of them may have done more damage than not casting any of them at all – Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn just seem to be like three peas in a pod and not one can exist without the other two.

Divergent was nicely done compared to some book-based movies, despite the fact some things in the book were removed in the movie version. I’m looking forward to watching its sequel when the DVD comes out and the hold line dies down (read: I’m not sure I want to watch the sequel, but maybe I’ll watch it for kicks).

Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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