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:||Vanessa Taylor, Evan Daugherty, Veronica Roth|
|In Theaters:||Mar 21, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 4, 2014|
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as Dauntless Man
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as Ten Year Old Tris
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Critic Reviews for Divergent
The pic's charismatic cast turns the skeletal narrative into something functional, making for a surprisingly pleasant ride.
Rather than concentrate on environment and character development, it spends two-thirds of its runtime forgetting it needs an ending.
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.
Audience Reviews for Divergent
Not bad for YA rehash.
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.
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