A dystopian society setting has become a popular theme for not only books but movies as well. The common theme explores what American life might would boil down to if by some happenstance, there was a rebellion or war amongst its people. Divergent, a popular book by author Veronica Roth, was made into a movie not long after The Hunger Games. Both story lines incorporate a dystopian society after war, the United States separated into certain groups, and a heroin protagonist. These two movies have been compared due to their similarities, however, Divergent is often seen in a more negative light. If you pay enough attention, it is not hard to tell that the plot twists are predictable. However, this sci-fi action thriller with a hint of romance is an interesting movie that has a little bit of everything.
Divergent has been said to be an off the mark version of The Hunger Games, but let’s not forget that Divergent was a world-wide best seller. The story is set in Chicago after some type of apocalyptic event in the United States where humans are divided among five different factions that value certain human emotions: Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest; Erudite, the intelligent; Abnegation, the selfless; and Dauntless, the brave. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is the protagonist of the story; she had lived her whole life in Abnegation where she was an outcast that dreamed of being a part of something bigger. All sixteen year olds in this new society were given a test to help them decide where they will live the rest of their lives in either of the five factions. Tris must choose to stay with her family or choose to be who she truly is. Tris discovers her test results are inconclusive; she is Divergent, a threat to the new society. In the mist of it all, Tris and her Dauntless instructor, Four (Theo James), fall in love throughout her training. Tris is the classic heroin with Four right by her side as they fight to save not only her family from a Erudite take over, but the entire dystopian society.
In any case where a book is made into a film, there are always some complications in translating certain points in the book to the big screen. The film had some plot holes that could leave the viewer questioning how Chicago got to this point. In the very beginning of the film, a narrator gives a brief description of how the society works as a destroyed Chicago city scape is shown on screen, along with a huge metal wall. Not knowing what really happened leaves the viewer hanging.
Even if you did not read the book, Divergent was a very entertaining movie. Despite some small lingering questions, viewers are able to engage themselves without getting lost. The filmmaker does a good job in making it evident that the movie is only one part of a large story. This being said, without the rest of the story, how can we judge the beginning? So as viewers, we will have to wait and see what the sequels to Divergent have in store.