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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Divergent
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...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another film for teenagers .
Low budget film ok for teenagers, Just a copy of the hunger games really, that's why renting is good you don't fill your space up with things that you won't watch again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Divergent, 12 Oct 2014
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this is really not a bad movie and I would describe it as slightly better ..., 29 Nov 2014
This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Don't take too much notice of the very strange reviews on IMDb, which criticise this film. It's becoming increasingly clear that postings on this site cannot be trusted and they may not be genuine. Returning to Divergent, this is really not a bad movie and I would describe it as slightly better than Twilight and roughly on the same level as the first Hunger Games.

The film is guilty of drawing ideas from other sci-fi movies and there are relatively few real surprises, but it's an okay watch. My main criticism, is the length of the film. It's much too long and would benefit from some trimming. Others may not agree with me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOU CHOSE US, NOW WE CHOOSE YOU,, 9 April 2014
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
In the future, after an unnamed war, Brave New World Chicago becomes a walled city nation. There are 5 factions or work groups in this tiered society. People can choose which one they want to be in, after they go through a Sorting Hat test. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) discovers she is a "divergent" i.e. someone who doesn't neatly fit into any group. Bummer about the DNA. Divergents are hunted and killed.

Beatrice hides this fact and joins a group of muscle headed protectors, changes her name to Tris and gets a tattoo. She enters a unisex "Starship Troopers" dorm where she will train and either make the grade or get cut and join the factionless beggars. Much of the film centers around her training and of course she meets a boy (Theo James) who helps her along the way until things go awry.

The production steals from a number of different pop culture iconic films/books. At times it was groan worthy. Having said that, I did enjoy the film, even while groaning through so many scenes. This was clearly aimed at teens, especially teen girls.

The film is worth seeing as a wannabe iconic production. 3 1/2 stars
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book adaptation., 28 Jun 2014
This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I really enjoyed this movie based on the very popular YA novels by Veronica Roth, it provided everything I enjoyed so much in the books. This could be the new teen movie franchise with a fantastic cast, great customs and amazing story. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves action, romance and YA themes.
This movie stayed as true to the book as it could while not being the book.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Adaptation. Good Performances., 19 April 2014
This review is from: Divergent [Blu-ray] [2014] (Blu-ray)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but a little lacking, 18 Dec 2014
This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
The poor man's Hunger Games, this is a pretty descent film with strong performances and some good action sequences. The movie is well paced and keeps you gripped.

However, you do wonder why divergents haven't been put to good use by the ruling powers. They are adaptable and very capable. They are also seemingly quite common, so surely they would have been utilised, maybe even for special ops beyond the barrier protecting the city or as versatile assistants to the rulers. In fact, surely they would be the ruling class and would be revered? The reasons given for divergents being feared are quite weak. 1984 is a far more convincing film when it comes to people being kept in their place and adhering to their prescribed roles.

That aside, it's entertaining and the relationship between Tris and Four is convincing and generates some emotional involvement with the characters, though not to the same depth as The Hunger Games. The psychological aspect of a divergent's ability is also very interesting, as seen when Tris is tested on a mental level. Hopefully the sequel will pad out what is given here and add further depth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another film for teenagers ., 5 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Divergent (Amazon Instant Video)
Low budget film ok for teenagers, Just a copy of the hunger games really, that's why renting is good you don't fill your space up with things that you won't watch again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Girlie Teen flick, 3 Oct 2014
This review is from: Divergent (Blu-ray)
Poor quality Blu Ray though the sound mix wasn't too bad.
Not recommended if you're over 15 years old
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about fitting in, 12 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Divergent [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Divergent is a movie adaptation of a popular young adult post apocalyptic novel.

For the uninitiated:

In a world sometime after the collapse of civilisation as we know it [something demonstrated by a rather impressive opening few shots] people live in a city where society is divided into various factions. Each of which is based on a human virtue. From selflessness to intelligence to love to honesty to daring.

Those not in a faction live lives of total emptiness and despair.

When teenagers come of age they have to take a test which shows them which faction they best belong to. Then they choose which one they want to join.

When Tris Prior [Shailene Woodley] takes the test, her results are inconclusive. Which means she's divergent. Someone too individual to fit into any single faction.

Divergents are public enemy number one in this society.

Forced to hide in plain sight, she joins Dauntless. The faction of the daring.

A dangerous training programme awaits. Where she finds enemies. Friends. Allies. And a dangerous conspiracy that threatens to shatter the status quo....

Divergent endeavours to make social points about society and individualism, and make you think about them as well.

Whilst also being an action and a thriller movie with it.

Those who have read the book will find a relatively faithful adaptation. Perhaps the best you could have hoped for. It does have to change some things and leave other things out. But that's all to make it work as a film.

The characters are all pretty well drawn. Shailene Woodley is a capable lead. It moves along at quite a decent pace. And does contain a few good punch the air moments as characters achieve certain things.

Being based on the first in a trilogy of books means that a lot of this is set up, and thus many things will only be explained in subsequent films.

If you've not read the books, you'll find it's one of those movies where all the exposition you need comes in a quick narration at the start. If you're prepared to pay attention to all this, then you shouldn't have any trouble getting into it.

This has been labelled as the new Hunger Games/Twilight. Which it is only in the sense that it has done well enough, unlike so many other films labelled that way, to get sequels.

It might be a film that will slightly divide opinion. But, just like jumping through a hole in a roof of a building without being able to see what's below, trying something new is often worth the risk. So be dauntless, and give it a go.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages; English.

Subtitles: English.

It begins with several trailers, which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.

It has a few more extras than most dvds of late:

A commentary from the director.

A commentary from two of the producers.

A marketing gallery: four different cinema trailers for the film plus a gallery of movie posters.

The video for Ellie Goulding's song 'Beating Heart' which features in the soundtrack.

Four minutes worth of deleted scenes. Which can only be watched all in a row.

'Faction before blood' a fourteen minute long featurette all about the world of the movie, with the actors discussing it. What may seem like stating what you already know at first does actually result in some thought provoking discussion about the issues it all raises, so this is worth watching.
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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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