For some reason I keep watching these ‘Divergent’ movies and hope that the next one will be good. I would not argue that any of them have been good yet, but they are just okay enough and the characters are just compelling enough to make you hope. I oddly keep wanting to know what will happen next enough that I sign up for each screening. I have not paid any money to watch any of these movies and I wouldn’t pay a penny to see them, but I’ve still been interested enough to show up for free.
I’m not sure that is any kind of endorsement that someone would want, but it’s all the endorsement I can give so far. I like Shailene Woodley as Tris, I like Theo James as Four, and I enjoy the talented actors (like Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet) that have filled the more adult roles. Still, they are pretty one dimensional if you examine them to deeply. Tris is suppose to be the special child that becomes the truly unique adult, but the world of characters around her is so bland that any dimensionality feels fresh.
Still, there are enough interesting characters to follow and enough action in the last two in order for it to be mostly entertaining. The big problem comes when you are forced to work out the logic behind the faction system and how any of it makes any sense. The latest film finally gives you answers to why the faction system exists (I won’t ruin it for you), but it’s kind of exercised material that feels so devoid of human logic. Why would any society do the things that are happening in this movie and how would it benefit them.
I can wrap my head around that last question to save my life. The faction system is just a narrow minded form of control and not a form of control that seem to really benefit anyone. The more you think about any of it and the more you get lost. Also, there is a huge gap in the logic behind the technologies that are utilized in this film. In this particular chapter, there are flying elevators, floating pieces of building, brain controlled cameras, and so much more. Yet, they can’t seem to build actual homes for anyone. They live in shacks or barracks.
The whole thing is odd and difficult to get behind, but I still kind of want to know how it all ends. The book is a trilogy, but this splits the last book in half per modern tradition. And the one purely good thing I can say about this movie is it does feel like one movie. This doesn’t leave you without a satisfying conclusion or feeling like you are halfway. It’s just a close in a chapter. The chapter is a messy one, but it has a beginning, middle, and end. That’s more than most of these extended movies will ever have. It’s a sad statement, but it’s so true.
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