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Review: Divergent

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 10:35 PM CDT

Grade: C

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Shailene Woodley and Theo James are about to be famous; the kind of famous that they will never be able to turn back from. They already grace the covers of many magazines and billboards. It's because they are starring in the next big franchise for young adults, Divergent. You can even pre-order a Divergent Barbie doll for $24.95. But enough about that. Is the movie any good? Well, it depends who you are and how you look at it.

Set in a futuristic Chicago, Divergent follows a community of people that are separated into groups based on their particular strength. These groups are called "factions" and they encompass Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (peacefulness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), and Erudite (intelligence). When a person turns 16 years of age, they undergo a test that determines which faction they truly belong, helping them determine which group that they will commit to for the rest of their lives.

Beatrice "Tris" Prior (played by Woodley) takes the test only to find out that they are inconclusive. This means that she is "divergent" and could fit into three different categories. If the community knows that she is "divergent," they will want to kill her because it means that she is dangerous. She moves forward and chooses Dauntless as her faction, where she meets her instructor, Four (Theo James), and sparks begin to fly right out of the sci-fi universe.

Unless you are a teenager or a pre-teen, you might not get the appeal of this film. But just think how much it would have meant to you when you were. At first I just thought it was an average film. Most of it feels like it's building up for something greater and I’m sure it will be, but not until the second installment. However, this film relates to everything kids deal with form being accepted in a group, discovering who you are, and how truly brave you can be. So because of this, Divergent is definitely going to take the box office by storm. It’s Hunger Games' baby sister by far!


To check out the trailer, click here!

Ken’s Movie Review Grading Scale

A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it’s out of thetheaters; the story may drag in places

C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.


F – Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever  

Review: Divergent

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