Friday 4 April 2014

Movie Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Movie Review:


Running Time: 139 min.
Director: Neil Burger
Movie Themes: Action/Adventure/Dystopian/YA
Release Date: 4 April 2014 (UK)
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn and Ray Stevenson
Motion Picture Rating: 12A

Movie Plot:
Based in a future world where people are separated into factions according to their personalities, Tris Prior is warned that she is a Divergent; she doesn’t fit into any of the personality types. Torn between her family and her fate, Tris must discover what makes being Divergent so dangerous before the conspiracy to destroy all people like her comes to light.

My Thoughts On This Movie:
I was very excited when I found out they were turning Veronica Roth's Divergent book into a movie, as I loved the series and thought it would be fantastic on screen. I must confess I haven't read the last book in the trilogy yet, but I was right! The screenwriter and director have done a fantastic job in recreating the author's book into a visual feast! They stuck pretty much to the storyline and, although some scenes had to be cut due to time or logistical reasons, the story was basically the same. The casting was pretty spot on, and I thought Shailene Woodley and Theo James did a stellar job as Tris and Four/Tobias respectively. Their on-screen chemistry was electric and brought the book characters to life. In fact, all the actors did a fantastic job in recreating the characters.
The fight scenes were intense and action filled. The brutality of being a soldier/warrior was not sugar coated, and the violence was a little unsettling. It may be a bit too violent for young children or people of a sensitive nature, so if you are considering watching this movie, please be advised. However, they did cut out a rather violent scene that appears in the book. I think if they had included it, the rating would have had to be much higher than 12A.

Although this movie was highly entertaining, I didn't have a feeling of being blown away by it. However, that being said, I will be getting this movie on DVD when it is released, so I can watch it over and over again!

If you have not read Divergent yet, I highly recommend that you do! However, if you would rather watch the movie, then I highly recommend that too!

This is a must see movie, and I would definitely give this a 5 popcorn boxes rating! – Lynn Worton

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