I recently took my two daughters to see Divergent at the movies. Divergent is a new movie based on the trilogy book series written by Veronica Roth. The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic future where society has been separated into 5 factions, to me this was similar to the Hunger Games and how they were setup by ‘Districts’. Beatrice “Tris” Prior is forced to choose which faction she will live in and what way of life she will follow. Society in this time follows a code of “Faction over Blood” where faction is first and family comes second, while human nature (ways of thinking, feeling and acting, that humans tend to have naturally) is outcasted and illegal. In this future society there is no chaos, no rebellions, no fighting back (Ha! Ttry raising a teenage girl, clearly this is a sci-fiction idea) where everyone works together to provide and do their part.
One of the first things I noticed when the movie started was the music by Hans Zimmer. I feel he is one of the all time top film composer and music producers, and can keep you on the edge of your seat with your eyes closed. The cast is a young, energetic group featuring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz and still features roles played by key names such as Ashley Judd (one of my favorite actresses), Mekhi Phifer (ER), Kate Winslet (Titanic), Tony Goldwyn (Ghost) and more.
When it comes time to choose which faction Tris will be in, she finds out she is a “Divergent” or someone who tends to be different or will develop in a different directions from the rest of society and she must make a choice to which faction she will belong to. I personally really enjoyed the movie and was happy to have taken my two girls with me. It compares in some ways similar to the Hunger Games where a young, strong, independent young lady has to make decisions and choices in her young life to ‘make it’. I believe the same crowd is targeted for both Hunger Games and Divergent. I did notice there is far less specific violence then the Hunger Games and requires a bit less thinking of the why’s and how’s of their government.
I really enjoyed the movie and personally will be there opening day for the next one. I am happy there are movies now showing young women in roles of leadership, strength and courage. I sure both girls will be excited as they both couldn’t stop talking about the movie and asking questions while in the car on the way home. My 7 yr old had great time and only had to close her eyes during some of the Trailers before the movie. My 14 yr told teen, loved it and would probably see it again with her friends if given the chance.