Director: Neil Burger
I fully realize I am well outside this movie’s target demographic. In fact the only reason I wound up watching this at all is because my wife in fact does fall within this movie’s target demo of young females. Shailene Woodley stars as Beatrice “Tris” Prior in a future world (set entirely in Chicago) in which all of humanity is divided into separate groups which serve as both community and identity. These groups are called factions. There are Abnegation who are defined by their selflessness, Amity, the peace loving hippies, Candor, the truthful ones, Dauntless, the brave militaristic protectors of this dystopian world and Erudite, the brainiacs. Once a year everyone who reaches the age of 18 gets to choose whether or not they wish to remain with the faction they were born in or whether they want to try and live in a different one. Before that choice they are subjected to a test which lets them know which clan is best suited to their personality. The worst thing that can happen to a person is that they are found to be “Divergent” which leaves you without a faction or a family in this crazy new world. I will spoil no more plot from this movie. The action and direction here is fairly well done and everything looks as slick as a pair of freshly polished wingtips. Woodley puts in a strong performance in the lead role in this series which strives to be the next “Hunger Games”. Again, this is by no means my cup of tea, but having watched the Hunger Games and Divergent now, I will admit, I actually preferred this. The running time is a little long but considering the epic scope of the story that was acceptable. Welcome to the new world order, where now even the chick flicks are adrenaline pumping action epics on some super-duper steroids.
Daily Inquiry: Which of the five factions here would you belong to?