Preston Barta // Film Critic
Comparisons to “The Hunger Games” are inevitable: a dystopian future with a corrupt government and an unyielding female teenage protagonist that turns into public enemy no. 1 who leads a civilian uprising. But it’s in the finer details of the story where “Divergent,” well, diverges.
Set in the future where society is split up into five “factions,” or sects, that each exemplify a different virtue, teenagers such as Tris (Shailene Woodley) have to decide whether they want to remain with the group they were born into or switch to another, leaving their families behind.
Tris, of course, to make this a story worth sharing, chooses a different faction and must pass through a highly competitive initiation process to live out her selection. But we soon find out that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t belong to any certain group and must keep it a secret, as there is a plot to destroy Divergents.
“Divergent” may not reach the heights of “The Hunger Games,” but it certainly doesn’t sink to “Twilight.” It’s a movie with first-rate performances by the leads, excellent visuals and an intriguing enough story to keep us interested in seeing how it pans out. But like most series geared towards a teenage audience, you can’t escape the large amount of cliché moments.
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“Divergent” opens tonight at 8 p.m.