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Set in a futuristic dystopia, a teenager seeks to break free from her homogeneous society that divides people based on human traits. She leaves her faction and joins a rival group, where she falls for a young man.

Starring:
Theo James, Kate Winslet
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DVD, Blu-ray

Divergent

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 19 minutes
Starring Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley
Director Neil Burger
Genres Science Fiction
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 11 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 19 minutes
Starring Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley
Director Neil Burger
Genres Science Fiction
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 11 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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4.0 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kaloki on 21 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, as I had wondered if it would come across like a poor copy of the Hunger Games. While the lead is no Jennifer Lawrence - and the plot is not exactly deep - it's a fast paced film that really keeps you watching. Also liked the soundtrack.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2014
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I really enjoyed this film even though it is probably aimed at a young audience. I identified with the chief protagonist,Tris, whose individuality renders her unable to fit into any of the five factions that make up a futuristic ,dystopian Chicago society. She is a Divergent, someone who cannot be pigeon holed into one category by the ruling elite. They see such types as dangerous ,unpredictable and a threat to social cohesion and they are hunted down and killed. Tris hides her secret and joins the daring ,warrior faction Dauntless.The film follows her progress as she undergoes a difficult training programme ,falls in love and tries to avoid detection. However in the background, one faction tries to usurp the governing role of another and this threatens Tris's family and the protective role of her Dauntless faction. Can she avoid detection and use her multi faceted skills to save the day ? "Divergent" is an exciting,imaginative film and is a critique of bad minded ruling elites desires to crush individuality and homogenise society into manageable ,ignorant little units. There's plenty of action,suspense and romance in this highly entertaining film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FallenGrace TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2015
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Divergent is actually based on the first of a series of Novels written by Veronica Roth, (I have yet to read them). They have a lot in common with the recent Hunger Games films (which I haven't seen, but have read). Having not read the books I passed on the film originally but as it's on Prime I gave it a go.

The film is set after an unspecified war which seems to have leveled earth and society as we know it. Chicago has been turned into a giant walled city to protect against unspecified dangers. The city government is split into five groups each representing a human trait, (honesty, intelligence, peace, courage, selflessness) each member goes through a test to deem which faction they are in to continue society, if you don't pass the test you become factionless, a form of homeless.

This entire set up and test is ridicuous. It implies that people only have one trait of strength, and if they don't fit they are completely useless and given nothing to do, even manual labour? How does that possibly work?

At 16 children take the faction test to see where they belong, faction before family. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) gets an incredibly rare result, she has qualities of every faction (like normal people?) Making her a Divergent. Divergents are feared and hunted which is also never explained forcing Beatrice to hide what she is.

Hiding among Dauntless, the faction of courage which are essentially the city's soldiers, Beatrice is helped by Four (Theo James), a Dauntless member who knows who she is before they uncover a plot which could both destroy the city and endanger Beatrice's parents.

The story is full of holes and unexplained threads but despite that I rather enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2015
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This is a good, if simplified, screen version of the original book. The film does an excellent job of visualising the world of this trilogy: the ruins of Chicago, the Dauntless headquarters. Unfortunately, despite the 2 hours+ running time, the characters are only sketched in: Triss and Four are suitably pretty but Four, especially, lacks the hardness of the book. The other Dauntless initiates Peter, Al and Will barely exist as characters, and even Christina has little more than a walk-on part.

Despite that, though, I liked the energy of the film and the chemistry between Triss and Four. If you've loved the books then this is definitely worth watching - if you haven't, then this film version doesn't do justice to them.
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By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Glancing at some of the reviews the film has obviously been true to the 'Book' which is always good news.
Some time in the future many years after war had destroyed much of mankind, in the city once known as
'Chicago' now 'Dystopia' society are divided into five factions, which is determined by an aptitude test.
'Tris Prior' disappoints her parents when after the test she chooses to join the 'Dauntless' a group sworn
to help and protect the factions living within the fencing that surrounds the city.
Tris' must complete a series of gruelling and intense tests and trials to be accepted within the order, failure
is not an option, being in the bottom four in their section will see failures no longer able to return home, left
with no hope no home and no real place in society.
After a series of tests 'Tris' remains in the bottom four in her group and on the verge of being dropped from
the program.
One of the key members of the 'Dauntless' 'Four' befriends 'Tris' breaking ranks to help and encourage her
make it through the final trials.
Though she does face one more trial, she has to face her fears.
'Jeanine' a faction leader appears to be a friend when asking for 'Tris's' support, it becomes apparent during
their conversation 'Jeanine's' intention is to rid the city of 'Divergents'
'Tris' has never told anyone the outcome of her earlier aptitude test when she'd been told that she was a
'Divergent' which actually makes her an enemy of the faction leader - the Divergents are different and seen
as dangerous.
What control has Jeanine over the army of 'Dauntless' are there enemies within the faction.
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