Thursday, March 27, 2014

Divergent

Director: Neil Burger

Cast:Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q

SF set in the future teenager Beatrice aka Tris (Shailene Woodley) has grown up in a decaying Chicago, after much of the world was destroyed in war. The survivors have instituted a new form of social order to ensure the sustained peace. The community is divided into five coded factions based on personality: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Erudite (intelligent) and Dauntless (brave). When teenagers come of age, they are subjected to a series of tests to determine their factional predisposition, and while 99 percent of them fall clearly into one group or another, every so often a 'divergent' individual comes along whose skills and feelings cross into multiple factions. The problem with divergents is they are uncontrollable and threaten the status quo. Beatrice is a divergent and despite her Abnegation family chooses to join the Dauntless. When Jeanine (Kate Winslet) the leader of the Erudites begins to question the system and the balance of power begins to shift Tris has to choose between faction and family. Woodley is the standout in this movie based on Veronia Roth’s bestselling Young Adult novel. Not at all my kind of film but will have appeal to younger people.

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