Divergent (2014)

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Critic Consensus: With an adherence to YA formula that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.

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DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. (C) Summit
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Shailene Woodley
as Tris Prior
Theo James
as Four
Kate Winslet
as Jeanine Matthews
Ray Stevenson
as Marcus
Amy Newbold
as Molly
Ben Lamb
as Edward
Maggie Q
as Tori
Ashley Judd
as Tris' Mother
Tony Goldwyn
as Andrew
Janet Ulrich Brooks
as Erudite Teacher
Clara Burger
as Little Abnegation Girl
Ryan Carr
as Dauntless Man
Alex Hashioka
as Erudite Guard
Zoë Kravitz
as Christina
William Blagrove
as Dauntless Patrol Man
Rotimi
as Ezra
Michael Sherry
as Bullied Abnegation Boy
Lukas Burger
as Jonathan Ziegler
Austin Lyon
as Zipline #1
Renee Puente
as Zipline #2
Lucas Ross
as Zipline #3
Chris Hayes
as Dauntless Instructor
Ana Corbi
as Factionless Girl
Eric Kaldor
as Factionless Man #1
Alice Bowden
as Factionless Man #2
Bob Rumnock
as Older Abnegation Man
Elyse Cole
as Ten Year Old Tris
Efe McWorter
as Candor Judge
Christopher Weir
as Candor Lawyer
Doyle Brand
as Candor Witness
Faye Jackson
as Abnegation Woman
Scott Roberts
as Abnegation Man
Sophia Marzocchi
as Candor Attorney #2
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Critic Reviews for Divergent

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (43)

Barely diverting.

Full Review… | March 30, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's all pretty dumb, and it marks a career low for director Neil Burger, who's made some first-class indie dramas from his own scripts.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop.

Full Review… | March 24, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

The climactic chases, shootouts, and fistfights have been staged, filmed, and edited with insobriety. Visual clarity shouldn't be too much to ask from these movies, even if they fail to achieve ideological coherence.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Divergent

Not bad for YA rehash.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

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.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

½

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.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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