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Review: Divergent

It’s difficult to control you when you can’t conform.

Starring: Theo James and Shailene Woodley

Plot: Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.

Remarks: During the first twenty minutes of the film, one immediately thinks of The Hunger Games and while there are a lot of similarities between the films, the stories are, in fact, incredibly unique. While the films takes some easing into, it is packed with action! I loved the physical and mental training Tris went through as part of the initiation process as she joins her new faction. Of course, the film also has a love story which I didn’t necessarily enjoy, but I guess it’s a common theme throughout 99% of films. The movie, also, had many twists and turns and managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. I also loved Kate Winslet’s character – she plays a bitch so well. It’s a story of trust, love, bravery, family and strength which will leave you waiting in anticipated for the release of the sequel.

Rating: 4/5

Divergent releases on April 4th, 2014.

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