Divergent movie review – Due to the incredible acting from lead Shailene Woodley and strong supporting performances across the board, it manages to be more than a so-called Hunger Games knockoff. James stays just the right side of brooding as the male lead, and more established actors – Winslet, Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn as Tris’ parents, Ray Stevenson as the Abnegation leader and Maggie Q as, essentially, Basil Exposition – earn their day’s pay in the smaller supporting roles. The supporting roles are largely all well cast.

Divergent Movie Review

Her conscience leads her to try and foil Matthews’ senseless plan to exterminate innocents and then escape, preferably with Four, where they can live and love like normal people. In the bleak and gritty Chicago envisioned by Roth, people are divided and segregated into five distinct factions, a caste system based on personality and dedication to the cultivation of a particular virtue: they are Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Candor (the honest). In the story, there is a dystopian society divided into factions based off a particular character trait.

There are a total of five factions, and each teen her age takes a test to determine where he or she belongs. Beatrice chooses to move to Dauntless, the security and peacekeeping faction, and quickly takes a new name: Tris (she is brave, rational, and compassionate-not creative). The movie takes forever to get going, and the tension isn’t particularly tense at all until the last 20 minutes of the film. Ashley Judd has little screentime as Tris’s mother, Natalie, but as the film goes on and Natalie’s Dauntless-born origins are revealed, I had the startling realization: where else in film can we see a mother-daughter team teaming up to shoot and take down baddies? Perhaps if you’re a fan of the books you may desire to see a second film, but the first film doesn’t leave the rest of us wanting more.