Saturday, April 05, 2014

Divergent Review

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Director Neil Burger
Rating PG-13
Time 139 min.
Studio Red Wagon Entertainment, Summit Entertainment
Stars Shailene Woodley, Theo JamesKate Winslet
Soundtrack  Junkie XL (Two songs I really like: I Won't Let You Go & Choosing Dauntless)

Set in the future, the story of Divergent takes place in a city which has been walled off from the outside world and strictly organized for an utopian society in which everyone is segregated into five groups based on their personality types. These five groups include Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest). Those that have failed their faction or have been cast out of it for any reason are the Factionless, beggars on the streets. 

Divergent.
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The different factions fulfill different roles in society, Dauntless, for example, are the police and keepers of the peace and of the law. On a certain day each year, sixteen year olds from all factions chose which faction they will spend the rest of their lives in. Before making this decision they are put through a test which is designed to help them know which faction they fit into. 

Divergent is the story of a girl who doesn't fit into any one of the factions, she has the qualities of all of them. Her test outcome is called divergent. The problem is certain people are afraid of divergents and consider them to be dangerous because they don't conform, they stand out, and they're different.

I love the scene when Tris is tested mentally in Dauntless. She has to face her worst fears, calm herself down and escape. She's trapped in a glass box filling with water. It's terrifying. But fear turns her on. In the glass walls of her cage she sees herself reflected as in a mirror, the Abnegation (the faction she grew up in) shun vanity and seldom use mirrors, mirrors in her mind are a reminder of vanity, vanity of sliding away from the truth. In a sense, fear is losing sight of reality. She looks at the glass, taps it with the tip of her finger, says, this isn't real, and it breaks. 

*spoilers* I love the part when Four isn't in control or conscious of himself and he's fighting Tris. They fight but finally Tris is beaten and Four aims the gun at her and looks away to shoot, because when he isn't conscious of anything he's still afraid in his subconscious of shooting an innocent person, and the only way he can is to look away. Tris knows why he looks away and forces him to look at her, forcing his fear to turn him on.  
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12 comments:

  1. I saw divergent,and I think that is great movie:)
    Love your movie reviews

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    1. I thought it was great too! I'm glad you like it! Thanks Antonella, I appreciate it. <3

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  2. My friend kind of liked the Divergent book, but I have not read it it. I am somewhat interested in seeing the movie. I probably will when it comes out to rent. Great review! :)

    -James

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    1. I haven't read the book either but since watching the movie I've become interested in doing so, the movie had some interesting ideas. I hope you enjoy the movie when you see it! Thanks James! :)

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  3. ohhh, I want to see it!
    But I haven't read it yet! I know right?!?! Crazy!!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you do! :) I haven't read the book either, but I'd like to....

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  4. Ahhh I love Divergent!!! You write amazing reviews :)

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    1. Awesome! :) Aww, thanks Cindy! <3

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  5. And the part when she's afraid the serum is controlling him but then he takes her hand without looking. :) But at the end it's that she wonders who she is, not what....minor correction.
    xox!

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    1. Yes! I love that part. He just stares straight ahead and then suddenly reaches for her hand. I love that part. Oh, really? Okaaay...I don't really remember the exact words anymore...but I wrote most of this review right after we got home from watching it; but, okay.

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  6. Great review S, I'm glad you liked this movie! You pointed out a lot of what I thought made the movie good too. :) Tris is a great heroine -- I was surprised at how much I liked her. And she was acted very well too! I thought the the way she uses reflections to remind herself that things aren't real was cool, especially considering how she was Abnegation. "Why do people keep saying that?" -- that bit was hilarious. :D

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  7. Thanks Sarah! I'm glad you liked it too. :) Yeah, I was surprised at how much I liked Tris too. Yes! Her using mirrors to remind herself something wasn't real was one of my favorite parts of the movie too. :D Thanks again!

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