Movie Review: Divergent

Divergent is another movie based off of a book series. It is full of action, romance, and  little bit of comedy.

Beatrice Prior is a member of the Abnegation alongside her brother, Caleb, and their parents.  They dress in dull colors, eat simply and are only allowed to steal a quick glance in the mirror once every three months when it’s time for a haircut. Basically they’re no fun, and Beatrice has a wild streak in her that she’s been forced to keep inside her.

When she under goes the aptitude test required of all teens which determines which faction is the best reflection of one’s true nature, shockingly  her results are inconclusive. She’s got pieces of a few different places in her which makes her what’s known as “Divergent”, which makes her dangerous. Thinking for yourself is a naughty thing in this world, apparently. Plus, the angsty inner conflict that rages within Beatrice is something to which the target audience for the book and the movie surely can relate.

At the annual choosing Ceremony where the teens use their test results to pick the faction they want to join for the rest of their lives, is like the last night of sorority rush, mixed with the “Harry Potter” sorting hat. Beatrice  chooses Dauntless. This means she can never see her family again. But it also means she gets to train to unleash the bad girl that’s been lurking inside her all along.

Renaming herself Tris, she must learn how to fight, shoot, jump from moving trains, throw knives and control her mind in a series of harsh simulations, all while competing against a couple dozen other initiates in a demanding ranking system. Eric is the merciless Dauntless leader who’s taking the faction which was founded on the notion of noble courage in a more militant and vicious direction.

But the hunky trainer who goes by the name Four (James) is the one who will have a greater impact on the woman Tris will become. Quietly and generically brooding at first, James reveals more depth and shading to his conflicted character as the story’s stakes increase. They have an easy chemistry with each other, but the romance that took its time and smoldered on the page feels a bit rushed on the screen.