With Veronica Roth’s series of novels, Divergent, Insurgent, Resurgent, the title takes its place prominently in the world of young adult novels and films.
Audiences will notice a great number of similarities between Divergent and The Hunger Games series, prominently the central character being an energetic and resourceful young female. The men are in supporting roles. And, in the case of Divergent, the malevolent authority figure is also female.
Shailene Woodley, so effective in her performances in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now, is Beatrice Prior, who chooses her pesonal name, Tris, as she enters into her equivalent of hunger games, training in the action of The Dauntless. The overall supervisor Jeanine, is played by Kate Winslet.
Once again, this is a futuristic story, in this dystopian world, 100 years after a devastating war and focussed on the city of Chicago. For organisation’s sake and keeping the peace, the population is divided into five factions, with homeless rejects from the factions, the faction-less. The factions are: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (truthful), Erudite (intelligent) and Dauntless (brave), based on their personalities.
Those who’ve read the novels will be eager to see the films. For those who have not read the novels, the film may be an interesting introduction – but more for the young adult targeted audience rather than the adult audience.
- Peter Malone, ACOFB
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, miles teller, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney. Directed by Neil Burger. 138 minutes. Rated M (Science fiction themes and violence).