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Film Review: Divergent (2014)
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Divergent (2014). Based on the book by Veronica Roth and directed by Neil Burger. Set in the future after an apocalyptic war, the only city left is a partly devastated Chicago, surrounded by a wall. Mankind has split itself into five factions, which are supposed to take advantage of the members' natural abilities. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) is a teenager, and her family are a member of the Abnegation faction. Beatrice has come of age to choose which faction she wants to be a member of. The ceremony is preceded by a test, which is supposed to show the aptitude and hence faction of the subject. Beatrice's test is inconclusive, in that she has skills in several factions, and is therefore "divergent". Divergent is very much YA (Young Adult), presumably like the book. It's all simplistic in theme, and descends into the inevitable romance. I liked it slightly more than The Hunger Games, perhaps because it was over in one film, albeit a long 139 minutes. It's good to see another film with a female lead, even if there were some moments which failed to capitalise on it. If you enjoy the Hunger Games and YA themes then you may well like it. 3/5 (Average)
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