Divergent Film Receives Two-Thumbs Up

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There are five choices. You must choose one. This will determine where you will live and what you will value for the rest of your life. Once the choice is made, that’s it.

There are five choices. You must choose one. This will determine where you will live and what you will value for the rest of your life. Once the choice is made, that’s it. You can’t change your mind.

 

Based on the best-selling novel by Veronica Roth, “Divergent,” is a sensational film that is definitely worth your time. The setup behind the story is, in order to keep the peace after a war, the city of Chicago built a big wall around the city and divided the people into five factions or groups. Each faction has a different value and purpose in society. When you’re sixteen, you make the decision that will determine which faction you live with, and the only guidance you have is what the aptitude test provides.

 

It’s almost time for Beatrice to make her choice. When she leaves the room after her aptitude test, she is no closer to knowing which faction to choose, because something dangerous happened. Something that is not supposed to happen. She learns that it’s called “divergent” and that it must be kept secret. Torn over what to do, she makes her decision in a split second. When she arrives in her chosen faction, it seems like her decision was the right one, but the longer she stays there, the more she wonders, was it?

 

The movie has romance, but lots of action, too. While some parts of the film keep you in suspense, others bring tears to your eyes. The acting is very convincing and all actors/actresses fit the characters fairly well, which definitely adds to the movie.

 

Starring are Shailene Woodley and Theo James, and though they weren’t there for the red carpet premiere, Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Will) and Christian Madsen (Al) were. When asked about the hardest part of getting ready for the role, they both agree that the two-week long physical preparation and stunt-fighting was the worst part.

 

The movie followed the book closely, but had a few twists to keep you engaged. It’s PG-13 due to adult content and language, so this is mostly for ages 12 and up.