My son and I saw Divergent earlier in the week. The movie is based on the book by Veronica Roth. I have not read it, but my ten-year old son is a fan of the Divergent book series. According to my son, there were some changes in the movie, but it roughly follows the book. Regardless of the changes, both of us enjoyed the film, loved the story and are looking forward to seeing the next two installments. BTW, when I saw the trailer for the movie, it reminded me of The Hunger Games, but it’s not the same story. Not even close. Divergent (Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment) opens in theaters today.
6 Things About Divergent
Faction before blood
The story takes place in the future. After a big war, the survivors live together in peace by forming five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. The Abnegation faction is selfless and helps the needy. Amity is peaceful, Candor is honest, Erudite is intelligent, and Dauntless is brave and is essentially the enforcing faction. Each year, all the sixteen-year-olds take a test that helps them to determine which faction they should belong to. But regardless of the test results, children are free to choose any of the factions. However, once they choose, it’s their faction for life and they cannot change their mind later. And if children choose a faction different from their parents, they must leave their family and live with their new faction. At this point, its faction before blood.
What makes you different makes you dangerous
In addition to the five factions, there are two other groups. First, there is the factionless group. The people in this group do not belong with any faction. In the film, they are essentially homeless people that live on the streets. The other group is Divergent. The people who are divergent do not fit into any one group. Sounds a bit like the factionless, right? The movie doesn’t do a good job explaining the difference, but my understanding is that Divergent do not think like other people and cannot be controlled. And because they can’t be controlled, they are considered dangerous. Guess what the test results for the main character (Tris) revealed? That’s right — Tris is Divergent and she has to keep it a secret so she doesn’t get killed.
It’s not The Hunger Games
Like the Hunger Games, the story takes place in a dystopian society. But instead of the Hunger Games to keep people in line, the people in Divergent are required to select a faction to conform to. By behaving like other members of their faction, people are kept in check and order is maintained. But not everyone is happy. For instance, the Erudite faction thinks the Abnegation faction is corrupt and shouldn’t be in charge anymore. In addition, Erudite thinks Abnegation is hiding Divergents. This becomes a problem for Tris because her parents are Abnegation, and she thinks Erudite is up to something bad.
It’s 139 minutes long and feels like it
Divergent takes it time telling its story. It occassionally teases you with some action and suspense, but for the most part it’s a slow moving film. However, it’s not so slow that it’s boring. I’m guessing the next two Divergent movies won’t be as slow because they won’t need to establish the setting or explain what factions are.
Ashley Judd and Kate Winslet are the two big names in the film
Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) both do a decent job playing the two main characters. However, it’s the two big names that stood out in Divergent: Ashley Judd and Kate Winslet. Ashley plays the part of Tris’s mother, and Kate is the bad guy in the movie. I think this is the first time I’ve seen Kate playing the part of the bad guy. She did a great job because I really didn’t like her character (Jeanine). Maggie Q is also in the film. She plays the part of Tori, a tattoo artist and test administrator. I hope she gets more action in the next two movies in the Divergent series because her character is relatively tame compared to the kick-ass parts Maggie Q normally plays. Divergent also features Jai Courtney (Eric), Ray Stevenson (Marcus), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Miles Teller (Peter), Tony Goldwyn (Andrew), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Mekhi Phifer (Max), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Will), Christian Madsen (Al), and Amy Newbold (Molly). The film was directed by Neil Burger.
It’s rated PG-13
Divergent is rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality. There’s a little profanity and a brief sex scene. It’s not graphic and there is no nudity. In my opinion, the film is fine even for young children. However, they might find some of the scenes a little intense.