Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate’s “Divergent” premiered on March 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. It is based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel, which is the first installment in the “Divergent” trilogy. The movie is directed by Neil Burger. Its cast members include Shailene Woodley (Beatrice “Tris” Prior), Theo James (Four), Kate Winslet (Jeanine Matthews), Ashley Judd (Tris’ mother), Tony Goldwyn (Andrew), Zoe Kravitz (Cristina) and Jai Courtney (Eric). Read on for the “Divergent” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.
“Divergent” Film Synopsis:
“Divergent” is set in a futuristic Chicago, wherein the people are divided into five factions: Dauntless the brave, Erudite the Intelligent, Amity the peaceful, Abnegation the selfless and Candor the honest.
Once a youngster has reached the age of 16 years old, he or she will undergo a test and choose what faction he or she wants to be in. Beatrice “Tris” Prior, an Abnegation-born, had to choose her faction soon. But, she unexpectedly finds out that she is a Divergent, which means that she belongs to more than one group.
The one who administered the test to Beatrice advised her not to tell anyone even her own family that she was a Divergent. On the choosing day or the “choosing ceremony,” her parents were heartbroken as his brother chose to be an Erudite and she chose to be a Dauntless.
While on training, Tris meets Four. Tris was the weakling among the new recruits. When she was able to make it to the second stage, Four administered a test on her and was surprised how easily it was for her to fight her fears. Four knew that something was different about Tris.
Four showed Tris a serum. He said that once injected in a person, the person will be under someone’s orders, like being hypnotized. Unknown to them, Jeanine Matthews is building an army through the Dauntless to get rid of the Divergent. She planned to eradicate Abnegation and have the Erudite lead the factions.
The day came and the Dauntless were injected with the serum, even Tris. However, it did not subject Tris to their orders. While on the way to Abnegation, Tris desperately looked for Four. When she found him, she was surprised that he too was a Divergent.
Tris and Four tried to stop Jeanine from killing all the Abnegation by injecting her with a serum.
“Divergent” Movie Review:
Although the movie was received well in the market, it somehow did not do well in the ratings. In Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, the critics gave the film a 36% rating.
Boston Globe’s Ty Burr commented on “Divergent.”
“‘Divergent’” is almost good enough to make you forget what a cynical exercise it is on every possible level,” said Burr in the Boston Globe report.
Contrary to Burr’s remarks, Bill Zwecker of Chicago Sun-Times was delighted with the movie.
“Overall I was delighted with Divergent and am eager to see how the remaining two films continue to take us on Tris’ adventure, as she and Four attempt to learn what’s really going on in their very crazy world,” said Zwecker in his full review at Chicago Sun-Times.
And that’s the “Divergent” movie review. Don’t forget to catch it on theatres in the U.S. (March 21, 2014), UK (April 4, 2014), New Zealand, Australia and Canada (April 10, 2014). Stay tuned for more movie reviews here on Movie News Guide (MNG).