If you take a quick look at the recent movie spectra, one of the major trends has been turning books into films, specifically science fiction films that come in sets of three. Sure, The Fault in our Stars and Percy Jackson have made appearances on the silver screen, but they were nowhere close to being mega hits. I’m talking about the big boys: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and other such series. However, we’re not going to talk about any of these movies, we’re doing Divergent today. Why? Because I just watched it and wanted to do a movie, so that’s what I’m going to do. Let’s go!
We start our story off 200 years in the future after the massive generic world ending war that’s in every science fiction novel, but won’t be explained either at all, or until the end of the series. However, that doesn’t matter, because our main character Beatrice, is getting ready to go off to this world’s coming of age ceremony, where the children of the post-modern ruins of Chicago choose to be part of one of the city’s five political institutions. Beatrice’s part of the humanitarian faction, and has the opportunity to leave if she wants.
After conversing with her mother, Beatrice goes off to get prescreened first by way of random serum to see what faction she would best fit into before going off to join one. When the test results come back, it shows that she belongs in all of the factions, which means that she’s Divergent, which is frowned upon in this society. After the sympathetic test administrator fudges the numbers for her, she goes off to join her peers in a large ceremony, where she and audience are given the monologue about how the five factions are the only source of peace, and other classist crap about how the factions are your entire identify: the generic dystopian stuff. Since the factions are all named after obscure adjectives, I’m just going to be refereeing to them by the colors they wear, to make it simple.
Anyways’ she of course doesn’t to choose to stay in her own group and instead join the Military faction (black and red) after a somewhat strange blood ritual. She runs off with them to ride the L Train, jump off a building into a net, eat a bunch of meat, learn that they’ll be living close quarters in a boot-camp like establishment, and choose a new name to call herself: Triss. Come to find out though, in order to join the group, you have to do a bunch of running, jumping, and fighting in a long trial that lasts for several weeks. Coming from peaceful roots she of course struggles at first, but eventually takes home the gold and beats the trials with the help of resident love interest known as Four, after a rousing game of capture the flag.
After another trial, and some choice words by her rivals, Triss goes off to visit her brother in the Blue faction, who choose to live lives of logic and science. When she sees that he’s been completely corrupted by the faction system, realizing that classism may not be the strongest foundation to build a society upon. After speaking to the Blue faction leader, Triss begins to piece together that the Blue faction is planning a hostile takeover of the Gray faction, her original residence. Attempted assassinations, sci-fi mind control, and gun battle ensue to eventually overpower the Blue faction and prevent the mass killing that would have occurred. However, the Blue leader uses her political influence to detain the Gray faction for further investigation, and puts out a hit on all Divergents.
As you know, I give three scores, so what do I give this?
For the regular viewer, or the casual movie-goer, this movie scores about a 73/100. It’s no cinematic masterpiece, and isn’t as successful as some of its literary brothers and sisters, but the core premise is there. If you’re not to particular about some of the more obvious flaws with the premise, and the fact that’s is just like any other dystopian sci-fi movie being made now a days, if you can look past that, it’s not so bad, just lacking originality. That’s why it’s an Average experience.
Someone more critical of what they watch, however, might be less flexible with the many flaws of the movie. The biggest downturn by far is the overused plot as mentioned before, which is why this movie scores a 61/100. The plot seems recycled at times, the visuals aren’t the best, and the characters can be kind of bland, but it’s far, far from some of the other atrocities that have been put out. It’s a slightly Above Basic experience.
As for me, I’m not too far from the critics with a 64/100. Not the best movie, but not the worst either. During my work as a reviewer, I’ve learned that most things in the entertainment space usually level out around the 60 to 70 mark, so a score of 64 is pretty average. I carry the same opinion as the critics, but would be lying to you if didn’t find the film entertaining while I was watching it. An Above Basic experience for me.
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