The only way I know how to describe this film is “surprisingly good”. Naturally I was expecting this sort of teen angst story – well what I expected was Hunger Games meets Twilight – but I have to admit that the concept of the film was actually really interesting and more plausible than that of The Hunger Games.
Divergent is based in a post-apocalyptic version Chicago where humans are divided in to factions that are based on five human qualities, Abnegation the selfless, Amity the peaceful, Candor the honest, Dauntless the brave, and Erudite the intelligent. When people are born they are raised in the same faction as their parents until they turn sixteen and have to take an aptitude test that suggests which faction they should now choose to live in. When the main character, Beatrice, take the aptitude test her results come up inconclusive making her a “Divergent” meaning she shows signs of more than one faction – everyone else feared the minds of divergents because they can’t be controlled.
Beatrice ends up choosing Dauntless on the day because she has always been fascinated by their way of life leaving abnegation (the faction that ran the council). The rest of this film shows her getting by in Dauntless and meeting someone else who is Divergent. Eventually one of the factions (Erudite) decides that they want to rule the factions and turns the Dauntless is to mindless controllable warriors. Beatrice is found out because Divergents can’t be controlled by the same technology.
Like I said, this film was surprisingly good. In fact it actually felt like it could possibly happen at some point in the future (even if it is hundreds of years away). One of the interesting things about the film was the lack of money being thrown around, almost like money didn’t even exist any more and the new big thing was factions, if you didn’t have a faction that was the equivalent of poverty. This is something I think would actually be a GOOD thing for the world because as it stands we are absolutely money obsessed.
Shailene Woodley is a fairly new actress on the scene but I think she will be someone to look out for. Her facial expressions in reaction to the events happening felt lifelike and somewhat comforting to know that she feels exactly what I would feel in the same situation. In fact I think all of the acting in this film was really good and it really made the whole situation feel a little bit more real.
I really loved the set, because unlike most interpretation of the future they people lived in similar houses or camps as we have today the only big difference was the technology they had available to us, making it feel like a much more plausible future than a lot of the other films set in the future.
The music fitted the film well, Hans Zimmer is always good at this though. Well actually I really liked the darker tone that the film set, I kind of got a “we live in this world but it isn’t good we just have to deal with it” vibe from just the look of the film and that was really interesting also somewhat realistic to what the people would be feeling – the music also portrayed this.
However, despite these positive things I would still call this film a “popcorn flick” purely made for entertainment and catered to a certain group of people. It is good for one watch but a second may be pushing it. There isn’t much to think about when watching it making it really easy to walk in to half way through and still pick up on the storyline. I still think it was better than The Hunger Games though, a lot more realistic.
What did you think of the film?
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