I always look forward to catching the latest, favorably-reviewed action movie each week and was surprised I missed Divergent last year. In fact, I don’t even remember watching the teaser; Must have been a weekend of big releases.
One of my favorite places to relax is an old tea room, which incidentally has a TV screen that’s set to HBO on days of non-major sporting events. One such day, I was able to catch the first few scenes of Divergent and couldn’t wait to watch the rest. The idea of a futuristic simulation test administered to 16-year-olds, the results of which help them choose a Faction – a community that plays a specific role in a dystopian society, piqued my interest.
I finally watched it last week and was enthralled by Veronica Roth’s captivating story of a 16-year-old who comes to terms with being hunted for her inherent brilliance and seeks skills not just to survive but to thrive, amidst great personal loss.
The incredible story-line is bolstered by a tightly scripted plot, high adrenaline stunts and credible acting. Shailene Woodley is remarkable as the hunted protagonist Tris and is ably supported by other stellar actors such as Kate Winslet who plays Jeanine Mathews – the crazed, self-appointed preserver of the Faction system, with chilling accuracy. This is also undoubtedly Shailene’s best performance since The Descendants; She beautifully portrays both the vulnerability and strength of Tris’s character with unmatched grace.
And starring as Four, is the dreamy and perfect Theo James.
Watch it here, if you haven’t already.
Read it here, if you haven’t already.