Saturday, January 10, 2015

Film Review - Divergent (2014)

In a Dystopian Future there was Tris (Shailene Woodley) a young girl who will take the test to see which faction she will belong to later in life (there are 5 factions; Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite) but she could also be a Divergent (not belonging to any one faction, gee that sounds familiar) and those well they could threaten to destroy all.

Boy oh boy was this a dull has hell film to watch, don't get me wrong Woodley is very appealing but at times she seems totally at sea in this material and also a little out of her depth, unsure whether to bring in the bravado or try to find another approach to the action side of her roles, by contrast Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in the Hunger Games went for broke and the results show on screen.

Speaking of the Hunger Games (which this film so desperately wants to be), that series created not only a great heroine in Katniss but also a real world that combined (for me at least) elements of both the Star Wars trilogy (its elements of good and evil and rebellion against the Empire) with the biting edge of some of Oliver Stone's early work like JFK or Wall Street (by this side of the comparison I mean that Suzanne Collins was someone who had something to say about the world like Stone did.)

By contrast the whole Faction system in Divergent seemed as believable as a Labor Party Caucus Meeting and I just couldn't shake that feeling all throughout watching this film.

And so that was Divergent, a dull as dishwater Sci-Fi film that just should've perished like a lot of the other Hunger Games imitators have but because of Woodley lived to fight another day, 1 out of 5.

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