Divergent (2014) Movie Review


Divergent (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Adventure
139 minutes /

User Score: 68/100

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Divergent Review


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.

Divergent (2014) is the seventh movie Neil Burger (Limitless, The Lucky Ones, Interview with the Assassin) directed. Neil is one great director and he once again astounds me with another fascinating movie. Director Neil is climbing the ladder and soon will be famous to a wider audience. I personally am looking forward to seeing more of his work.

Divergent is a Sci-Fi PG-13 film that you either love or not. It contains romance, adventure, suspense, gore, thrills, extreme violence, frightening scenes for kids and sexual content. There is one scene where a guy forces himself on top of a female in an attempt to rape her and another scene where we see a male and female kissing each other and the male puts his hands up the females’ skirt. The violence is pretty brutal, it includes people cutting a part of their hand, a female hand is stabbed by a knife, many fighting scenes where kicking, boxing and punching and a lot of shooting. Most of the violence ends with scars, bloody noses, swollen faces and bruises.

Divergent is the first of its sequel and is based on Veronica Roth novel, Divergent. I looked forward to seeing the second movie, Insurgent on March 20, 2015. Divergent is about a society in Chicago that is divided into five factions that are based on their personalities. The factions are Erudite (intelligent), Dauntless (brave), Amity (peaceful), Candor (truthful) and Abnegation (selfless).

Shailene Woodley (Insurgent, White Bird in a Blizzard, The Descendants) did an amazing job playing Beatrice Prior who is known as Tris. Tris grew up in Abnegation that is the faction that is selfless, helps the poor, looks after the factionless and runs the government. Everyone has to take a test at age 16 where they are injected with a serum that shows what faction is best for each individual. Dauntless Tori (Maggie Q - A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, Priest, Operation: Endgame) is Tris proctor and warns Tris not to tell the council that her test result shows that she is Abnegation, Erudite and Dauntless which means she is a divergent. A divergent is considered a threat to the social orders because divergents can think independently and cannot have their mind/thinking controlled. Tori logged Tris in as an Abnegation.

Tris chose to be Dauntless and meets initiator instructor Four (Theo James - London Fields, The Domino Effect, Underworld: Awakening) at the Choosing Ceremony. Four and Tris develops a relationship where Four becomes very found of Tris. Four and Tris are soon caught that they are not under mind control and they are separated from each other. Tris joins her father, her brother and Marcus in an adventure to stop Erudite’s plan of taking over other factions. Tris finds Four who is now under mind control. Needless to say, She tries to rescue him and you will have to see the rest of the movie to know what happened.

Divergent lacks the romance that “Twilight” has and disputatious like "The Hunger Games." It also contains a little of Harry Potter in it. I gave this movie a seven because of the reminders of other movies. Regardless of every movie Divergent may remind you of, it is a great Sci-Fi movie to see. I love the cinematography, music, strong cast performance, and CGI effects. Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) lead performance was solid as can be. Everything appeared to be executed marvelously by the director.

About Divergent 2014

Title: Divergent
Year: 2014
Runtime: 139 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.35/5 stars from 28 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Zoë Kravitz, Dan Latham, Joel Thingvall, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, Mekhi Phifer, Michele Sweeney Abrams, Parker Mack, Michael John, Theo James, Evan Gilliam, Leigh Bush, Tony Domino, Jenny Hale, Roberta Chung, Chris D. Thomas, Janell Islas, Malte Grohnert, Mallory Thompson, Dorinda Townsend, Matt Iwinski, Sandra Linz, Elizabeth Reiners, Vince Tolentino, Bob Rumnock, Matt Philliben, Joseph Aviel, Christopher Kahler, Kathryn Henzler
Writers: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor, Veronica Roth
Director: Neil Burger

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