Divergent Review

LIzzy Lamm

Movie: Divergent

Director: Neil Burger

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Rating: 7/10

Divergent is the first installment of the newly released movie adaptions of the book trilogy Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Divergent is about a dystopian society in Chicago, where five factions exist: Amity, Dauntless, Erudite, Abnegation and Candor. When all teenagers reach the age of 16, they must choose to either stay in their faction of birth, or transfer into another faction. When the day comes to choose a faction to live in for the rest of her life, the main character, Beatrice (Tris) Prior, decides to leave her faction Abnegation to join Dauntless.

The actress casted for Tris, Shailene Woodley, did an excellent job portraying her character, as well as the rest of the cast, including Theo James (playing Four, Tris’s love interest), Zoe Kravitz (Tris’s best friend Christina), Ansel Elgort (Tris’s brother, Caleb) and Kate Winslet (Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews).

The movie adaption of the first book in the trilogy was better than I had anticipated. It followed the book’s plot fairly well, although it left out some many scenes and lines from the book that, although were not important to the overall plot, I was sad to see not included.

Other than those missing lines and references that only people who read the books would understand, it was a very well made movie with a great representation of the main concepts of the book.

The next movie will be Insurgent, set to be released May 20, 2015.


To read more about the book series, check out Lizzy Lamm’s book review of Allegiant: