Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Movie Review! Divergent (2014)


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Divergent
Release Date: 21 March 2014
Staring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, and Kate Winslet



In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.



A great war has occurred in the world and to prevent it from happening again Tris community has taken measures. They’ve made a change to the way society works. People are divided into factions. Those who value Strength and Bravery and believe that cowardice are to blame for the fall of humanity are Dauntless. Those who believe in Wisdom and believe lack of knowledge and education were responsible for the fall are Erudite. Those who believe in truth and blame dishonesty are Candor. Those who believe in Peace instead of unrest and war are Amity. And, those who believe Selfishness is to blame and being selfless is the best choice are Abnegation. Each faction has their own responsibilities that hold together their society. Tris is Abnegation, but her time is coming where she must chose which faction she wants to stay with for the rest of her days. A test is administered to all teens that helps reveal what faction they should be based off of their personality. But, Tris’ is inconclusive. She belongs to three factions. She’s Divergent. And when it comes down to it she chooses to leave her faction for another. However, once she switched everything in her society starts to change. And being Divergent means that Tris is in the middle of it all because certain things don't work on her like they do everyone else, and Tris sees and understands things she's not meant to. And then there is her trainer in her new faction. He understands Tris a little more than others. 

My storyline is a little vague, but for those who haven’t seen it or read the book…I don’t really want to ruin it for you.


Its been a while since I’ve read the book, but from what I can remember the movie does follow the book pretty well. 

When I found out who was playing Four I questioned it. I questioned them changing his age and everything. However, after seeing the movie I decided I liked Theo James as Four. I was ok with the age change (in fact I barely noticed it). And he really did pull of the ‘mean-but-nice’ vibe that Four has. 

I liked the sets. 

I loved the action. 

I loved the CGI/simulations.


I’m still not sold on Shailene Woodley as Tris. I’m not sure what it is, but she isn’t the best Tris for me.

I also felt that the relationship between Tris and Four seemed rushed on the screen. I understand there is only so much that can be done when transitioning from book to screen, but I still didn’t feel like it developed nicely like you do in the novel



Tris—Although I’m not sure about the chosen actress I’ll always like and respect the character of Tris. Sometimes in the books I thought she came across as whiney, but she didn’t come across that way on screen. She did come across as strong and adventurous and I really enjoyed it. 

Four—I really liked who they chose for Four. He pulls off the mean and misunderstood parts of the character very well. He also definitely comes across as someone you don’t want to mess with. And…Four is pretty.


Eric—Eric is pretty too. He really is. But he’s bad. Bad to the bone. The character of Eric comes off as the kind of guy who just likes hurting people. I loved it. 


Christina—Zoe Kravitz plays Christina and she's also an actress I’m not too sure about. However, I do like the character of Christina.


Peter—He is like a mini dark haired Eric and I liked it. He’s a bad ass, but he’s also kind of a coward. It will be interesting to see his future.


Caleb—Tris’ brother. His character is very complex and sometimes I feel his is a lot like Tris. 


Jeanine—Kate Winslet pulls this character off very very well! She displayed the cold and calculating woman that is Jeanine perfectly!



There is fighting, guns, a pretty great story line, and people trying to become evil rulers. 


Everything above plus there is Theo James. I wouldn’t mind kissing him. He be sexy. 





*Smolder


It’s my belief that they followed the book pretty well. There are obviously things that are different and things that are missing. The Edward scene isn’t there. Four doesn’t seem like as big as a computer geek as he is. The love between Four and Tris didn't feel the same (not too bad or anything). Some characters are not present (and I know some people are pissed about that). The “being close” in the small box wasn’t what I pictured. But, no movie is going to be 100% like the book and these small changes didn’t affect the feel of he movie too much for me. 


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I’ll openly admit that I went in with low expectations. The trailers for some reason didn’t give me high hopes. But, I thought I owed it to myself to see it. Thankfully I did. I was pretty captured by it after the first couple of minutes and it had no issue holding my attention throughout the movie. I loved seeing this dystopian story come to life!

It’s just a lot like The Hunger Games—And for thinking that thought I would like to slap you. Yes its a dystopian novel, and yes there is a female lead. But that’s it. The worlds are very different. Especially considering that the world of Divergent is actually just the city of Chicago so there might be more out there. 'But, there is a corrupt political system’ they say. Welcome to the genre of Dystopian. Duh. In my opinion the characters, the worlds, and what occurs are vastly different. Yes both characters are strong female leads, but Katniss sacrifices herself, Tris is born special and those facts alone drive the story line. 


Eric: You fight until one of you can't anymore.
Four: Or until one of you concedes.
Eric: A brave man never backs down.
Four: Lucky for you, that wasn't a rule when we fought.

Four: You alright?
Tris: You cut me.
Four: I meant to.
Tris: You meant to?
Four: You think he's going to let you off without a scratch? You'd still be standing there if I hadn't hit you.
Tris: So am I supposed to thank you?
Four: You're supposed to be smart. If I wanted to hurt you, I would’ve.

Tris: Don't try and define me.

Tori: You're different. You don't fit into a category. They can't control you. They call it Divergent.

Caleb Prior: You're nervous, aren't you?
Tris: Why would I be nervous? We just decide the rest of our lives.

Tris: They're gonna kill me.
Four: I'm not gonna let that happen.







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Have you seen Divergent? How did you feel about it?


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1 comment:

  1. That is a very detailed review, Jetches! Most of the movies of today are adapted from best-selling novels, written by award-winning writers. However, we have to expect some changes, either a scene deleted or modified, according to the interest of the target audience. I believe Divergent is one of the most talked-about movie during its release, and I’m glad you like it as a whole too. I’ll be looking forward to reading more of your detailed reviews in the future. Thanks for sharing that! :)

    Simon Walker @ The ViewLorium

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