Film review in brief: Divergent

Posted by Isaac Weeks on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Shailene Woodley in Divergent - JAAP BUITENDIJK
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  • Shailene Woodley in Divergent
Divergent
★★★
Opening March 21


Divergent takes place in a dystopian Chicago, years after the fall of civilization. Society has broken up into five different factions. Roughly, these groups consist of charity workers, hippie farmers, intellectuals, lawyers and the military. On her sixteenth birthday, Beatrice Prior (The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley) chooses to leave her family and join the militaristic Dauntless. It isn’t long into her training before her mentor, Four (an impressive Theo James), figures out that Beatrice is “divergent”—someone considered too dangerous to live because they have traits from all five clans. Soon, Beatrice must combat a conspiracy within the city’s walls while simultaneously attempting to hide her true powers. Though too long at 139 minutes, the film is sure to be a hit with the young-adult crowd. 

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