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Divergent: The Dynamic Dystopia

posted Mar 26, 2014, 4:58 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 6:55 PM by Knight Writer ]
Rachel Silver

    No matter what faction you fit into, anyone can enjoy Divergent. If you’ve read the book, you will probably be pleasantly surprised at all of the details that remained the same when Divergent came to the big screen, as they stuck close to the storyline of the book. Even with the minor changes, the movie is captivating from the second it starts to the moment it ends.

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    Shailene Woodley plays Beatrice-or Tris-Prior, the main character of this jaw-dropping trilogy. Before this film, Woodley was mostly known for her role as Amy in The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC. Along with Divergent, she will also be playing the role of Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, which will come to theaters later this summer. Woodley’s wonderful representation of Tris proves that she belongs in these bigger productions.

    There is a place for everyone in the factions; whether you’re brave like the Dauntless, kind like the Amity, selfless like the Abnegation, smart like the Erudite, or honest like the Candor, you know your place. Unless you are Beatrice Prior. She always had a hard time knowing her place and it wasn’t made any easier when she learned that she didn’t have a place, that she was Divergent. Through her struggling, Woodley accurately depicts the emotion that goes along with her character and the story. It’s easy to say that Woodley does the avid Divergent book fans proud as she represents their idol.

    The setting of the movie was also extremely impressive. As the camera pans over what is the ruins of Chicago, I was pulled back to the book where Veronica Roth vividly described a scene unlike any other. The creators of this film did a splendid job in bringing this book to life. There was not one moment that I sat there thinking, “This is not how I pictured it,” and that was a very pleasant surprise for me.

    If the struggling and hardships of the characters in Divergent doesn’t pull you into it emotionally, the little mixture of forbidden love surely will. When Tris meets Four, played by Theo James, they slowly fall into a deep and beautiful love while Tris fights for her right to keep her place in Dauntless and keep her secret hidden from people like Jeanine Matthews, someone ready to destroy her for being different.

    Jeanine is part of the government, someone very fond of the factions and keeping them together. She will do anything she can to see that people find their place in the system and if they can’t, then she is not afraid to simply dispose of them. Jeanine is set out to destroy the Divergent population.

    But in the end, who comes out on top and what has to be sacrificed to get there? See Divergent soon to find out! I recommend it to anyone and everyone.


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