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November 22, 2017 6:12 am

Divergent: A Decent Plot and Good Acting Help Save This Film From a Mediocre Ending

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As this is my first movie review here at Film Forecaster, I want to start things off with one premise that will carry through all of my reviews: I am pretty picky when it comes to labeling something as a “really good” movie. I have quite a few categories that need to be satisfied in order for a movie to graduate from “adequate, “ as most movies I have seen fall into, to a truly exceptional piece of cinema.

Divergent was a good place to start, providing a storyline that while not exactly unique, had a sufficient amount of diversity to avoid simply being a rehash of existing films. The movie unfolds in a futuristic society divided into different factions, with

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selection of faction based primarily on an administered test. Our heroine, Tris, takes the test, only to find out she is Divergent, meaning that her mind possesses qualities of multiple factions, something anathema to the controlled structure of their

society.

The film develops quickly from there. Brave Tris selects the warrior faction, Dauntless, all while keeping her true status as a divergent a secret from everyone else. Throw in a sinister plot by Erudite, the intellectual faction, designed to overthrow the natural order of things and our heroine’s true path is revealed.

For the most part, I liked Divergent. This was the fist time that I personally have run into Shailene Woodley and I was impressed at how she provided a true balance of vulnerability and martial skill. Kate Winslet, portrayer of the film’s chief antagonist, Jeanine, successfully relayed a intellectual aloofness that was natural, allowing for a more thought-provoking villain than a scary one.

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The only true problem I had with the movie was the ending. Instead of concentrating on what happens to the city after the plot was foiled, sole focus was placed on the love story between Tris and Four (Theo James). While this may resonate clearly with younger audiences, I found it to be a pretty lame way to wrap things up..

Overall, Divergent has enough attractive qualities to bring home the relatively-high marks it received on IMDB. While it was sort of short on my first love, awesome special effects, it provided enough of a well-rounded plot and characters to earn its spot in the list of movies I would probably watch again.

Lindsay Reeds

Ideal night: movies, only disrupted for snacks and discussions!

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