Critic Consensus: With an adherence to YA formula that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Neil Burger|
|Written By:||Veronica Roth, Vanessa Taylor, Evan Daugherty|
|In Theaters:||Mar 21, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 4, 2014|
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as Tris Prior
as Jeanine Matthews
as Tris' Mother
as Erudite Teacher
as Little Abnegation Gi...
as Dauntless Man
as Erudite Guard
as Dauntless Patrol Man
as Bullied Abnegation B...
as Jonathan Ziegler
as Zipline #1
as Zipline #2
as Zipline #3
as Dauntless Instructor
as Factionless Girl
as Factionless Man #1
as Factionless Man #2
as Older Abnegation Man
as Ten Year Old Tris
as Candor Judge
as Candor Lawyer
as Candor Witness
as Abnegation Woman
as Abnegation Man
as Candor Attorney #2
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Critic Reviews for Divergent
It's really just an elaborate metaphor for Being Your Own Beautiful Self, which apparently goes over well with readers of a certain tender age.
... a journey that puts (Tris), her family, and the entire 23rd century in danger before Buck Rogers can get back to save it.
Divergent takes its time in setting up the story and -- frankly -- future installments in the series.
Divergent is a banal experience that suffers from a stretched-out plot and uninteresting characters.
For this first film at least, much of the fantastical elements feels as much like window dressing as the post-apocalyptic material in After Earth.
Audience Reviews for Divergent
Certainly better than I expected. While the plot can be a bit formulaic and stretched out, this YA novel adaptation slightly rises above with it's intriguing premise (with hints of philosophical intrigue that I hope will get explored more in the two sequels), a solid cast (Shailene Woodley gives a compelling turn as Tris, the film's action heroine), and well-directed action sequences.
Neil Burger's Divergent diverges from greatness.
Running for a 130 minutes, the story never finds a consistent pace; taking much too long to develop and rushing with its ending. By employing the lengthy buildup, the film manages to drop interest by the time it begins to pick up for its finale.
There isn't much action, it isn't much of an a adventure, and the special effects are used sparingly. Nothing noteworthy stands out in this department.
The characters are bland along with much of the performances. Shailene Woodley is difficult to take serious with her role, although the lack of action makes it more reasonable. Theo James is as monotone as his character's name. Four.
Divergent does enough to get by, but not enough to be a recommendation.
When I first saw the trailer for this I rolled my eyes and said "Hunger Games ripoff". Now, it's not a ripoff, but had "Hunger Games" not been a success I doubt this would have been made. I'm not really going to try to describe the story of this movie, but if you don't know it won't make a lick of sense. It's a little complicated and requires your full attention. Now, when I watched it it was one of those "on in the background" situations where I was doing something else and not watching as intently as I should have been. But, I got the jest of it. Shailene Woodley is fantastic and really the biggest reason to watch this. The effects and overall story are just ok, but Woodley is electric. She is a star on the rise for sure. For what it is, it's decent enough. Girls will probably like this a lot more than the guys will, because it doesn't have a whole lot of action. But, it is interesting, and I'll check out the sequels for sure. Just have to make sure I rewatch this as a refresher. Worth a watch.
|Four:||As a Dauntless soldier you have to follow orders you don't always agree with...|
|Tris Prior:||Who is she?|
|Four:||She's an innocent... and I have to kill her. But I can never do it... unless I look away.|
|Tris Prior:||Because you're so approachable|
|Tris Prior:||Who is that?|
|Four:||I don't want to be just one thing. I want to be brave, selfless, intelligent, and honest, and kind... Well, I'm still working on kind.|
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