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5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE FILM WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY HOLD YOUR ATTENTION FROM THE OFF'
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I read the book of this first and loved it. But in comparison, the film was just OK. There are so many points in the book that are either changed or omitted in the film. In a film of this length, it should've been possible to have included everything in the book. The development of Tris' character, and her interactions with the other initiates during the training phase,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE FILM WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY HOLD YOUR ATTENTION FROM THE OFF', 11 Aug. 2014
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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.
'Tris' and 'Four' will have to unite to survive however they cannot do it alone, a price will be have to be paid
during the battle.
Tris played by - Shailene Woodley. Four played by Theo James. Jeanine played by Kate Winslet
This is an action-packed adventure that'll hold your attention leaving you wanting more.
Special Features -
* Faction before Blood' featurette.
* Audio commentary with director.
* Audio commentary with producers.
* Deleted scenes.
* Marketing gallery.
* Ellie Golding 'Beating Heart' Music Video.
Blu-ray Exclusives -
* Bringing 'Divergent to life' The making of.
* Meet Four featurette.
* The look of Divergent' featurette.
* Behind the scenes of Divergent featurette.
* Choice' featurette.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Divergent, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi With a Message, 25 Feb. 2015
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I thought this was a good stab at creating a dystopian future society. It captured very well the feeling of being different and having to hide this in a society where roles and behaviour are prescribed by a system. The characterisation was believable and I think the director was justified in spending quite a long time setting up the story by dwelling on the recruits training. Which was why I felt disappointed that the ending was so rushed. While I'm not a great fan of sequels, this film could have upped the ante and left the ending on a cliff hanger at the point when the take over is complete and all seems lost for the main protagonists. If ever a film needed an ending like this it is this one. Perhaps this story would have been more suited to a TV series because that is an ideal format to develop a slower narrative pace and set up repeated cliff hangers.

Like Enders Game, which initially appears to be little more than an extended video game, this film leaves the viewer with quite profound questions about conforming to an ideal of loyalty to the state and its often dubious motivations. It also attempts to show how empathy for others can sometimes lead people to question the kind of propaganda that is used to justify discrimination and conformity.

Some have complained that the attractiveness of the leads takes away from the divergent message but I think that's besides the point considering that classics like Blade Runner, Alien and every other big budget Hollywood production have cast attractive leads. Hollywood is built on conformity and stereotypes but still manages, at times, to rise above this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, 5 Mar. 2015
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I read the book of this first and loved it. But in comparison, the film was just OK. There are so many points in the book that are either changed or omitted in the film. In a film of this length, it should've been possible to have included everything in the book. The development of Tris' character, and her interactions with the other initiates during the training phase, which is described in detail in the book, just gets missed out. Her relationship with Four has been reduced to a teen romance film, rather than the emotion expressed in the book. Tris' meeting with her mother in the book gives more of a background about the serums. And the ending: well, it was a lot different to the book.

Okay, now for the good points: the scenes,graphics and special effects are excellent. Shailene plays a very good character as Tris (Peter is also a notable performance). The scene ***SPOILER ALERT*** where Tris' mother dies shows a bit of emotion that is sometimes lacking in places. The "simulations" are well portrayed.

On the whole, it's an enjoyable enough film, but I expected a lot better.
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Adaptation. Good Performances., 19 April 2014
Based on the young adult novel (series) of the same name, Divergent is the story of a post-Apocalyptic Dystopian society (a future Chicago), where districts and livelihoods are seperated into "factions" according to personality traits and human virtues such as intelligence, bravery, selflessness and truth etc. These factions are known "Abnegation", "Amity", "Candor", "Dauntless" and "Erudite" The story focusses on Triss (Shailene Woodley) a young female from Abnegation (selfless) who on the day of the "choosing ceremony" (where 16 year olds choose which faction they will belong to) chooses to join "Dauntless" (brave) who police the streets of Chicago. In choosing to live in "Dauntless", Triss must leave her family behind, including brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) who chooses to live in Erudite (intelligent) and her parents who remain in Abnegation (who govern all 5 of the factions). In order to succeed in Dauntless and avoid being "factionless" (the state of failing your human traits and being banished to the streets with no identity) Triss must prove she has what it takes to be brave, strong, courageous and fearless. Whilst she proves to be both brave and fearless, she also shows signs of being intelligent, selfless and truthful, making her "Divergent", a state which is considered dangerous by the Government. In order to avoid being killed, Triss must keep her "Divergent" status secret.

Meanwhile, Erudite run by the tyranical Jeanine (Kate Winslet) is plotting to overthrow Abnegation to gain control of the whole city. When the citizens of Dauntless, including Triss's new friends Christina, Will and Al are drugged using a serum which causes them to be under the control of Jeanine (in order to kill and eliminate the people of Abnigation) Triss joins forces with a Dauntless trainer named Four (Theo James) who she had previously developed feelings for, her parents (Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd) and Caleb to stop Erudite from taking control of the whole system. She must also avoid her own iminent death once her status as being "Divegent" is revealed.
"Divergent" is similar in context to other young adult Dystopian fantasies, such as Suzanne Collin's "Hunger Games" trilogy. Both feature a headstrong adolescent female lead who is thrust into conflict and war. Both feature a power-hungry antagonist who wants to control the whole of society for their own selfish needs and both feature a male sidekick whom the protagonist falls in love with. However whilst Divergent and The Hunger Games share similar traits they are also very different. Katniss's goal in Collins series was to free society from the clutches of an evil elitist freemason government and protect her family from war and anhialation. Triss on the other hand is on a journey of self discovery. Her aim is to find out where she really belongs and how she can use her status as being Divergent to help others whilst maintaining strength and the intelligence to out-wit her enemies.

Woodley is a great aspiring actress and she makes Triss both likeable and believable. She is a flawed heroine, much like Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss and regularly requires the assistance of her mentor "Four" (played by an angsty Theo James) however in the third act when the action really picks up she completely steals the show and gives Triss the girl power you'd expect from a kick-ass protagonist. Kate Winslet hams up her role as super bitch Jeanine and whilst her pasty faced demeanour sometimes seems too unlikely (after all Winslet is reknowned for playing the girl-next-door types) you can tell she is having a blast. Jai Courtney on the otherhand steals the show as Eric, the truly dispicable and wicked leader of "Dauntless" who subjects his new students to a terrifying boot-camp of physical and mental tests. Eroc makes for a very disturbing villain and is in my eyes the main antagonist of the whole film (and book).

Also unlike The Hunger Games, there is far more focus on the impending war and action and less focus on the romantic sub plot involving Triss and Four. There are a few romantic scenes, however this is pleasingly even further away from Twilight than The Hunger Games was (which focussed a lot on the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale). The action scenes are loud and brash (gunfire, combat etc) however the psychological tests which Triss undergoes are what make the film tense, thrilling and exciting. One scene where Triss must jump from a tall building into the abyss will have your heart racing.

The musical score is very dystopian. Light and peppy one moment and dark and moody the next. It tells a story in its own right.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys these kinds of stories. It is ultimately a story of sacrifice (there are a few tear-jerker moments) and self belief, however there are elements of family, war, poverty, ignorance, racism and romance thrown into the mix. Divergence is an emlntertaining way to spend a couple of hours and fans of the book will be pleased to know that it remains pretty faithful throughout.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All-too-familiar storytelling and characterization, 15 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I have very mixed opinions about this story. The tense atmosphere amongst the divided factions works well, but the romance is incredibly predictable and unnecessary.

Woodley strongly asserts herself as Tris, someone who defies conformity and is shown to be very brave in harsh times, but I felt that the (budding) connection between herself and 'Four' (Theo James) was forced and only there for the contrivity of having the two lead characters get together. He makes sense as her brooding mentor, but I question if anyone would have been so interested in Tris and Four getting together had Mr James not been British or so attractive. Don't get me wrong, he's fine as the generic action lead male, and I can see why he was chosen (despite being much older than the actual book character) but his swift change to being her love interest did not work for me.

The other problem with DIVERGENT is that it doesn't bring anything new to the table in this era of Young Adult adaptations, it merely depicts those same cliched ideas already covered in a vast majority of movies and television shows. A basic summary: the lead female character longs to break free from a world she does not relate to and be with her brooding boyfriend who is burdened by daddy issues. Nevertheless, it's that same storyline that seems to draw in big box office numbers, so somehow, the younger generation's enthusiasm to see the same storyline over and over again amongst different movie franchises keeps these YA series popular in the media.

Some pros of the movie: the energetic score, which elevates the pace and emotion of the film; Tris' inventive ways of escaping the hallucinations; and the down-to-earth dynamic of the Prior family - although even this was marginally ruined by how the parents' journeys reach their conclusion. The underground feel of the Dauntless faction also works well, as does the superior styled setting of Erudite.

DIVERGENT is an average film - it is not horrendous, nor is it of a high quality. It doesn't help that the characters (and the actors' portrayals of them) are more robotic than deep. A lot of recycled ideas and characters, which didn't hold my interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars give this a miss, 16 Sept. 2014
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Avoid!!! The script for this is so poor, I'm sure they simply pushed this film out after the success of the hunger games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, futuristic action film, 21 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Divergent (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Read the book first, 7 Sept. 2014
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If you haven't read the book the film is probably as tedious as hell and makes no sense whatsoever, but I had read the book and was looking forwards to it. Unfortunately it didn't translate as well to film as I was expecting, but did give it a valiant try. A solid C from me.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 May 2014
This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
This was much better than I expected. There is little to fault about it. It's not as good as The Hunger Games, but definitely didn't deserve to be rotten on rotten tomatoes. The performances were good and it's refreshing to see a great, original idea. Very highly recommended.
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