Eaton), Ashley Judd (Natalie Prior), Jai Courtney (Eric), Ray Stevenson (Marcus
Eaton), Zoe Kravitz (Christina), Miles Teller (Peter), Tony Goldwyn (Andrew
Prior), Maggie Q (Tori), Kate Winslet (Jeanine Matthews), Ansel Elgort (Caleb
Prior), Mekhil Phiefer (Max), Ben Lamb (Edward), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Will),
Christian Madsen (Al), Amy Newbold (Molly Atwood), Justine Wachsberger (Lauren)
by Veronica Roth)
by: Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate
Summit Entertainment, Red Wagon Entertainment
is divided into five factions: Abnegation
(selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (truthful), Erudite (intelligent) and
Dauntless (brave), based on their personalities / virtues. Teens are put under
the aptitude tests for this classification. Those, who don’t fall into any of
these categories or display the characteristics for more than one, are known as
(Shailene Woodley) along with other 16-years olds is also put under serum-based
aptitude test. She has grown up in Abnegation (selfless faction) though she is
fascinated by Dauntless. But to her dismay, she learns that she is a divergent
since she does not fit into any of the factions. Tori (Maggie Q who took Tris’
test) asks her to keep the result as a secret and even manipulates her results.
Tori tells Tris that since divergents can think independently and the government
cannot control their thinking, they are considered threats to the social order.
ceremony, Beatrice’s brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) chooses Erudite (intelligent),
while Beatrice chooses Dauntless (brave) in spite of knowing her reality that she fell under the category
projects the journey of Tris as part of the dauntless. Eric (Jai Courtney), a
brutal young leader of dauntless put them through various tough tests viz.
jumping from a train running at full speed, taking a leap from the top of a
tall building into a big pit etc. Tris finds an ally in Four (Theo James – an
instructor) who provides her a semi-bulwark against tough Eric.
Tris blend in with the Dauntless? Does she face challenges like a Dauntless?
What was the intention behind training Dauntless? What Jeanine Matthews (Kate
Winslet – Erudite Leader) is upto ? Does Tris pass the final simulation test
for a dauntless ? Does her being divergent ever reveal ? Is the sorting of
factions just a social practice or there is more to it ? Is there any factional
conflicts? Watch the movie to seek answers to these questions.
progresses, it just becomes rote, pointless. Since I have not read the book
Divergent by Veronica Roth, I can’t comment upon how close this movie is to its
source material. The screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor fails to convince us
that why being a divergent is dangerous. Though Jeanine gives a speech, where she literally says that
nonconformity is a threat to peace and that people who are different are bad.
But what exactly in divergent makes them dangerous or threats to
this world’s system? Never explained with conviction.
given a bit more of screen time. It was too bland.
and their Performance:
of Tris on her shoulders pretty well. The complexities are portrayed well. Theo
James as Four is composed. But Kate
Winslet as Jeanine is wasted. Jai Courtney as Eric is good. Rest of the cast
has justified the script.
to watch out for:
and action (though hard core action is missing).
hue and cry for being a divergent.
it is not so ‘Divergent’ !!!