Divergent - Review
I came out of Divergent looking at a nearby bridge thinking I might just be able to scale it. That speaks a little about the levels of adrenalin I reached watching the film. Divergent is a thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling addition to the adventure/sci-fi teen-targeted films, which along with entries like The Hunger Games, the genre is providing quality entertainment for teens and us older folk alike.
Our heroine Beatrice, played by Shailene Woodley (The Descendents, The Spectacular Now) has grown up with her family in the Amish-like faction, Abnegation, but doesn’t quite fit in. She is a bit too spirited and not quite selfless enough and ultimately leaves her family behind in favour of the parkour-jumping tattoo-loving warriors of the Faction world, Dauntless. But you see she still doesn’t quite fit in. She is actually a Divergent with multiple strengths and virtues, unable to be clearly defined and considered a threat to the structure of society … AND in deep trouble should she be discovered ... AND her family has secrets too …Quite the complex young woman …
I have questions over what feels like a few plot holes but these may be explained and expanded upon in future films. I guess this is something we have to put faith in as part of the territory of films/books in a series. So my questions regarding the trains and exactly what is Divergent, because I hope there is more to it than just being a more complicated human being! These will have to wait or I guess I could just skip ahead and read the books. Seriously how did audiences deal with films that had an original storyline like when The Empire Strikes Back ended and they had to wait 3 years for Return of the Jedi?! How did they do it?!
With more teen skewed, sci-fi adventures based on popular books heading our way this year i'll be very happy if they are anything like Divergent, considering it's a highly entertaining ride.
Divergent is in cinemas on the 10th April. If you see the film, please share your thoughts below.