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‘Divergent’ starts promising trilogy series

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Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) train to become true divergents in Summit Entertainment’s new Sci-Fi thriller “Divergent.” / Photo by Jaap Buitendijk/MCT

Chase Pendzich, 4Play Writer, Commentary
April 1, 2014
Filed under 4Play, Top Stories

“Divergent” hit theaters March 21 and began a new trilogy similar to that of “The Hunger Games.”

The film is an adaptation of the first book in the popular “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth.

Both the film and the novel have clear parallels with “The Hunger Games” and other young adult fiction in terms of the major themes and characters. However, “Divergent” does have some qualities that set it apart from the rest.

The film tells the story of a teenager named Tris (Shailene Woodley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” 2008-13) as she struggles to find a place in a dystopian future. The story takes place in a post-war Chicago where society is divided into factions based on their personalities.

These factions include the selfless, the peaceful, the intelligent, the honest and the brave. Children are born into these factions, but when they turn 16 they are able to choose what faction they want to be in.

The teens take an aptitude test that tells them what faction they should be a part of, but they can pick any faction no matter what the results are. Tris clearly doesn’t fit in with her starting faction, Abnegation, which is the selfless people and also the governing faction.

Tris takes the test and gets three factions as her answer, which means she is Divergent. Divergents are not welcomed in society so she keeps it a secret and ends up choosing Dauntless, the brave faction.

She begins training with Dauntless so she can become a protector of the city. Dauntless is the army and police of society.

Most of the film is Tris training to become a true part of Dauntless with the help of one of the leaders, Four (Theo James, “Underworld: Awakening,” 2012). Throughout her training, she learns what it means to be Divergent, and she also learns about the dark plans of factions planning to overthrow each other.

Tris, Four and her family and friends must band together to stop the groups and try to fix their society at any cost.

It’s the classic story of the chosen one joining a group of rebels to stop the enemies from destroying their world, but unlike famous films like “Star Wars” and “The Matrix,” the chosen one is a girl.

Even though there are other Divergents, the film makes Tris seem like the one who will save their city. The story, which stays pretty close to the book, is a joy ride with nonstop action after Tris joins Dauntless.

“Divergent” is driven by the fantastic performances of the cast.  Woodley and James, along with some famous supporting actors such as Ashley Judd and Kate Winslet, make the movie a huge success.

The chemistry between Woodley and James is what gives the movie all its emotion. James is likely an actor not many people have heard of, but he will become a household name.

“Divergent” did what the first “Hunger Games” movie didn’t. It actually explored its interesting dystopian future right away in its first film to bring the audience into the world.

The world these people live in is unique and makes audiences understand the sides of both the heroes and villains of the story.

The creators of “Divergent” learned what went right and wrong in “The Hunger Games” films and made this trilogy start with a bang.

“Divergent” is currently in theaters and is a must-see for anyone who read the books, but it’s also an entertaining film for any movie-goer.

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