Divergent was beautiful to look at with its stylistic approach in presenting a dystopian society. However, I was expecting it to be made more with substance and not just style. The writing tried to make the story deeper than it could, though its too predictable of an ending forbid it to be so.
I like how the writers made a good introduction of the Divergent story. Those people who haven’t read the book must be introduced to the plot: In the future, people living in Chicago are divided into five factions (Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Amity) which are determined based on each person’s character. The story’s heroine, Tris Prior, is a divergent: a person who doesn’t conform as he or she can think independently and does possess the virtues of not just one faction. Jeanine Matthews, leader of Erudite, wants to eradicate her type as divergents are not predictable, therefore, dangerous. It’s up to Tris, her friends and her family to stop Matthews from her evil plan.
Shailene Woodley showed promise as Tris Prior, but it’s evident that she’s no Jennifer Lawrence. Even though many of her antics and nuances are consistent with her character, I found her not tough enough for the role. Theo James on the other hand, made Four, Tris’s love interest, real on the screen. Their supporting cast was good enough, though none left a remarkable performance other than Kate Winslet, whose cool confidence made her a good fit as Jeanine Matthews.
Everyone though that Divergent would be the next Hunger Games but it simply isn’t. It may be better than other movies based on dystopian books that are released recently but it is not as good as the aforementioned movie based on the Suzanne Collins novel. Divergent’s got commendable visual effects though its lack of action and good direction made it just a so-so of a movie. Is it a waste of the Veronica Roth story? Not really. It could just have been made a lot better.
Divergent’s movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 3 out of 5