‘Divergent’ fans will be pleased with film

From left to right: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Ben Lamb, Zoe Kravitz and Jai Courtney are shown in a scene from the film "Divergent." / Jaap Buitendijk, The Associated Press

Reviewed by Meghna Mahadevan
Times-News correspondent

   If the film “Divergent” could be summed up in one word, it would be exhilarating. It’s action-packed drama/romance with a strong theme of staying true to who you are.
“Divergent” is set in a world where people are divided into factions based on their personality, aptitude and values. Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) has grown up in Abnegation, a faction dedicated to selflessness and simplicity. The other factions are Erudite (the knowledgeable), Candor (the truthful), Amity (the peaceful) and Dauntless (the fearless). Each person in this society must take an aptitude test at age 16 to determine what faction they belong.
Tris finds out that she is Divergent, meaning she fits into multiple factions — Erudite, Dauntless and Abnegation. Being Divergent puts Tris in a lot of danger as it makes her an outlaw of sorts. It makes her an independent thinker, a quality that Jeanine Matthews, the power-hungry leader of Erudite, wants to completely eliminate in their society.
Shailene Woodley does an incredible job portraying Tris. Her acting allowed viewers to be in Tris’ shoes, enabling viewers to feel every emotion Tris did throughout the film. Woodley did a fantastic job in showing what a daring, fearless personality looks like in an average, modest teenage girl.
Theo James, who plays Tris’ love interest and mentor, also does a great job in portraying Four, an independent, reserved, yet strong character.
Kate Winslet, who plays Jeanine Matthews, the antagonist in the film, does an amazing job portraying an icy, smart woman who wants everything to be under her control.
Throughout the film, viewers will feel connected to each character. As well as the acting, the soundtrack also accompanied the film well. The music suited each scene and it isn’t overly dramatic. It set the mood for the film.
“Divergent” is a must-see. Fans of the book also will be pleased with the film as it is similar to the book’s plot. You will be on the edge of your seat throughout the entire 2 hours and 23 minutes. “Divergent” is rated PG-13 for intense violence and action.

 Meghna Mahadevan is an eighth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School
and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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