“The future belongs to those who know where they belong”
This film is based in a futuristic walled up California where people are divided up into groups or ‘factions’, according to a test to determine their personality type: Abnegation (selfless); Amity (peaceful); Candor (honest); Dauntless (brave); and Erudite (intelligent).
At the ‘choosing ceremony’ they get the chance to join any of the factions regardless of their test results, but once the decision is made it cannot be changed. Complete loyalty to their chosen faction is expected – ‘faction before blood!’ It is believed that this system will keep the peace after a brutal war 100 years ago.
The story begins when Beatrice (Tris), and her brother Caleb, who belong to the Abnegation faction, are preparing for the choosing ceremony.
With a running time of 143 minutes, Divergent is quite long but is fast paced and didn’t feel that long. Whilst I enjoyed the film, I was unable to get past the similarity to ‘The Hunger Games’! Prior to writing this review I checked which book was published first – The Hunger Games 2008, Divergent 2011. It is perhaps unfortunate that Shailene Woodley who plays Tris, bears such a resemblance to Jennifer Lawrence who played the lead in The Hunger Games. Fans of The Hunger Games will either enjoy it for the similarities, or dislike it because of them. I enjoyed it, but suspected plagiarism!
See it if you liked: The Hunger Games