Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and Zoe Kravitz
Studio: Summit

“Divergent” is another teen movie adapted from the ever dumbing field of Young Adult literature. Taking place in a future Chicago, society has been taught not to think for itself. Everyone is split into factions based on emotional character. However, if you think for yourself, you’re labeled Divergent and the government wants to get rid of you. Now, we have a plucky teen girl hero and her attractive pet boy to fight the system. See, world! It’s a girl kicking ass and she’s not wearing pink. AESTHETIC EQUALITY!

I’m not sure what I think of Shailene Woodley yet. I believe she deserved an Oscar nomination for “The Descendants”, but she has yet to do anything worth a damn since then. That’s now totally crazy, as most young actresses often fall off the face of the Earth. For some reason, she seems hell bent on becoming the Queen of the Young Adult Lit scene. I get the push for that, as it is a tested market that wants to find its footing. But, what is the end result?

Kate Winslet tries to keep the calm adult presence that that film requires. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t need that as it knows what it is. The kids are going to love it because it presents a world where they aren’t dumb self-obsessed shits that only care about the media and fashion. This is a world that is crafted and bent to their fantasies of self importance. Only can two kids against the world dare to find meaning where the establishment has overlooked. Now, if someone would tell them to get off the lawn! The source material is garbage, but so is most Young Adult Lit. Check it out for the rather strong direction from Neil Burger.


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