By : Audrey
The movie I will be reviewing is Divergent. It is based on the books by Veronica Roth. It is the first of three movies. It’s set in a future dystopian world. There is one city, Chicago, that is safe in the world and it is surrounded by a wall that no one can leave. The city is run by a system with five factions: Abnegation the selfless, Erudite the intelligent, Dauntless the brave, Candor the honest, and amity the peaceful.
Beatrice, or Tris, is a girl from Abnegation. She takes a test and is told that she is divergent, which means she fits into more than one faction and is illegal. Tris decides to go into Dauntless. At the training facility she meets Four and is told that there are two levels of training, physical and mental, and she will become factionless if she doesn’t pass the first level. She is not doing well and is failing at the physical part of things. Then at a game of capture the flags she proves herself and is accepted by the other dauntless. Tris barely passes the first level and moves on to the second, which is focused on the mental side. She faces some of her fears and beats them by telling herself that they aren’t real, which is unnatural and is noticed by Four, who decides to help her. He teaches her how to do things the dauntless way and she passes the final test. The next day Tris finds that all the other Dauntless are under mind control, but she isn’t affected. Tris and Four beat the people controlling Dauntless, then escape to the wall.
To start off the bad stuff this movie has a really fast pace, which makes the story hard to follow. Tris is a really developed character while everyone else is just you know the basic outline and that’s it. The entire villain plot is illogical. They could have just given divergents their own faction and problem solved. The ending leaves you hanging and you have to watch the next. Most movies give you closure so you don’t have to watch the next with the way the story is going.
Don’t get me wrong I really liked this movie. The story is interesting and keeps you involved. The character balance of good and bad is perfect and neither seems overwhelming. Tris seems like an excellent role model. There is romantic tension, but the romance itself is kept to a minimum. And the violence is definitely there, I mean this is the warrior group, but it keeps you on your toes and every moment is more suspenseful than the last, leading to the grand finale.
Divergent was an excellent movie. The story is interactive and very realistic, especially with the futuristic setting. This movie, like the Maze Runner, does a good job of blending present and future. The city is amazing with the buildings and how some of them are destroyed. The movie’s setup is perfect for a continuation. The language is pretty limited. I would recommend this movie for 12 and up, although some might feel more strongly about the violence. I would rate this movie four stars.(No pun intended)