I walked into this movie ready to write it off as a cheap copy of Hunger Games in a Twilight sort of way. I came out of the movie hoping the box office generates enough money to guarantee the already green lighted 2 sequels. Make no mistake it’s not Catching Fire by any means but I enjoyed it as much as the first Hunger Games, and way more than Ender’s Game. Most important, it gives us something to do until Mocking Jay gets here.
It is set in a futuristic Chicago after some huge war. Society has divided itself into five factions. Each one based on a particular personality trait. People in Candor value honesty above anything. People in Erudite are the thinkers and knowledge is everything. Amity are the creative type, the artists, and farmers. Abnegation are selfless people who put others needs before their own and have no vanity. These are Bob’s people except for dressing like the Amish. They are the rulers because they only live to serve. Lastly are the Dauntless. They are the warriors and protectors of this society.
Everybody has their job to do and as long as they stay in their place all is well. Once a year they have the choosing, where when kids reach 16 they are tested to see which faction they are suited for. Once they pick a group they are there for life. Just like High School, jock, nerd, band, slacker, or weird loner, once you pick you can’t get out until you graduate and maybe not even then. That’s the appeal of these books and movies. When Beatrice, played by Shailene Woodley, is tested she has all the traits of each faction which in this society is not good. It means she is a Divergent. She is a free thinker and that makes her dangerous. All Divergents must be eliminated. She has to hide the fact of what she is. She joins the Dauntless and meets Four, played by Theo James, one of the trainers. The chemistry between them is awesome. All is not well because the Erudite leader Jeanine, played perfectly by Kate Winslet has sinister plans to overthrow the system. She milks this villain part for all it’s worth.
It’s two and a half hours, Rated PG-13 for violence and action and some sensuality.
This was way better than I expected. I took Carla, Gabriel, and his girlfriend with me and we all agreed it was good.
My Score: 4 Buds
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