In honor of Allegiant coming out this week in North America I will be looking back at the movies that came before. So I guess it’s a throwback Tuesday article. Based on Veronica Roth’s novel “Divergent” which was adapted to the silver screen by Neil Burger (Limitless, Billions). Divergent is studded with talented actors among which with have Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and many more.
Premise: In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.
Review: I first came across the Divergent series in between Pittacus Lore’s Lorien Legacies books. I remember reading book one (Divergent) and two (Insurgent) in a row because I was desperate for something to read. The first novel was interesting enough for me to read the second one but I didn’t fall in love with it, which probably explain why Allegiant – the book – as been collecting dust, untouched, on my bookshelf for years.
For the first movie, they managed to cast great actors, which was mind-boggling for me at the time, and they made a realistic futuristic film. Watching the movie, I noticed all the bits and pieces that were missing from the book but I didn’t really care. Divergent grounded, had real indie sensibilities, and was entertaining as hell.
I loved every beat, Shailene Woodley carried that film beautifully both on the emotional front and the action scenes. She was believable and took us on great journey with Tris. The rest of the cast did a good job even though some characters were a bit stereotypical and one note but overall it’s good.
Divergent was definitely not movie of the year in 2014 but it’s fun and has re-watchable value at least that’s what I think, what about you guys?