Director: Neil Burger
Writer: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
Plot: In the future we are separated into clans based on silly virtues and forced to live in dystopian Chicago, hiding from no one in particular. Somehow, it is unusual when people are born with more than one virtue and this leads to problems for Tris and her family when it comes to light that she is a multi virtue Divergent.
Rate It: (0 -3 guys)
So what did you think?
Adam – Well there goes two and a half hours of my life that I will never get back. This was an epically terrible film.
Scotty - Overall this film was predictable, far-fetched, and ridiculous, poorly acted, poorly written, and a bit infantile but other than that it was pretty good.
Griff – Banal, derivative and utterly forgettable.
Any thoughts before you saw the movie?
Adam – Not having read the books I went in with pretty low expectations based upon the lack of patrons and the RT score that I couldn’t help but notice when I checked the showtimes. Somehow this film managed to be worse than even my low expectations.
Scotty – I was eager to get out and see a film but I was fully aware of what and how this could be.
Griff – If you can’t make a movie look good with the trailer, you can bet you are in for a long couple of hours.
Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative?
Adam – Dystopian society check, young confused virgin check, out of control government check, training montage check, dreamy potential romance check, yup this film has all the bases covered.
Scotty - No. This is where the film lacked the most. If you have seen any dystopian film you have seen this one. Nothing new to see here.
Griff – This just a rehashed story with an unoriginal script directed in the most boring way possible.
Did you think the script was well written?
Adam - If only they could have figured out a way to fit less action into a longer amount of screen time.
Scotty – The climax of the film was a bit ridiculous and anti-climactic and to me that is poor writing. I was waiting for a twist worthwhile but instead it flew off the rails with a silly ending.
Griff - I’m not even sure where to begin. It’s just a bad movie folks.
Was there a performance you really liked or really hated?
Adam – Woodley’s hair rocks in this film. I mean seriously it looked awesome. Not sure what sort of product she puts in there but I really need to find out and purchase some.
Scotty – Many of the actors in this one seemed overwhelmed and unprofessional. There were points where I thought the film was funny and not in the way that you want it to be. The lines were delivered in a way that it almost became a parody of itself, on accident.
Griff - Woodley truly wasn’t bad but she needs to fire her agent. Everyone else was pretty ridiculous. Jai Courtney stands out as particularly terrible for his ham fisted performance as the “bad guy”.
Do you remember a song from the film?
Adam – Thankfully no, but the way the youths in the Dauntless group ran together and hopped on trains somehow reminded me of the musical Newsies (1992).
Scotty - No, the film is kind of a wash in all aspects.
Griff - I was too busy fidgeting in my seat and trying to stay awake to really notice any music that stood out.
What was your favorite line?
Adam – “why does everyone keep saying that” Tris, This was the only intentional humor in the film that I laughed at.
Scotty – “You wouldn’t shoot me?”
Griff – Whatever the last line of dialogue was in this movie was my favorite because it meant I got to leave the theater.
What would have made this a better movie?
Adam - I usually have some advice to improve a film but I don’t even know where to begin with this stinker.
Scotty – I am having a hard time fixing this one. In an age of dystopian film after dystopian film I would expect a growth in the genre but it just seems like these films are becoming the “new” project in Hollywood with a cookie cutter stencil and unimaginative writing. There is really no fixing it.
Griff - I haven’t read the book but I am sure it can’t be as bad as this. There needed to be a much better script. Truthfully the whole concept of this film is just ridiculous. Motivations are never really explained. Why would the dauntless leaders help the erudite in first place? This is never explained or maybe I dozed off during that part. For that matter what possible motivation could he erudite have to take over the government? Exactly what about the way they live were they planning on changing? They just felt like they needed to be in power so they decided to kill everybody?
Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?
Adam - Catch this playing soon on your next cross country flight.
Scotty – No need to see this one in the theater, wait for DVD and be disappointed at home.
Griff – Just wait. I don’t think it will be too long before you can get this on Netflix.
What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film?
Adam - This film blew chunks but for some good Dystopia check out: Children of Men (2006) Minority Report (2002) and 12 Monkeys (1995)
Scotty – The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, Planet of the Apes, Oblivion, The Running Man ect…
Griff - A couple of good coming of age movies with a sci-fi theme? How about War Games (1983), or even Super 8 was better than this.
Any final thoughts on this movie?
Adam - Why can’t anyone make a decent Young Adult novel into a film? Remember when YA adaptations were things like The Princess Bride (1987), The Outsiders (1983) and Lord of the Flies (1963)?
Scotty – I know I have been tough on this film and though it is warranted I did enjoy it on some level, what that level is I cannot define. The film is not good and a retread of what seems to be every film that comes out lately. The best way to explain this is that Divergent is a Twilight/Hunger Games Hybrid with the worst of both of those films showing their ugly faces throughout.
Griff - Basically what we are dealing with is Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club with a non-sensical dystopian sci-fi theme. I am not sure why all of these modern coming of age stories need to have some supernatural or sci-fi backdrop. Why can’t you just make a good coming of age movie like Pretty in Pink without all the non-sense. I’m not sure what it says about our youth that all there favorite coming of age stories involve teenagers killing each other. It’s odd. I can’t wait for The Giver. It is sure to be awesome…