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Divergent (2014)

  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 6,982 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 21 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 139 min
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Divergent (2014)


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  • IMDb page: Divergent (2014)
  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 6,982 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 21 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 139 min
  • Filming Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $56,000,000 (USA) (21 March 2014)
  • Director: Neil Burger
  • Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Junkie XL (music by)  
  • Soundtrack: Beating Heart
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Dystopia | Based On Young Adult Novel | Based On Novel

Writing Credits By:

  • Evan Daugherty (screenplay) and
  • Vanessa Taylor (screenplay)
  • Veronica Roth (novel)

Known Trivia

  • In The Fault in Our Stars (2014), Shailene and Ansel play boyfriend and girlfriend, while in Divergent, they play brother and sister. 434 of 446 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Miles Teller originally auditioned for the role of Four, but was told that he wasn’t going to be getting the role. Months later, the producers watched The Spectacular Now (2013), and were so impressed that they called Teller and offered him the role of Eric, who is supposed to be at odds and intimidating towards the character Four. Teller turned it down because he felt that he wouldn’t be able to pull off being intimidating towards Theo James. He was then offered the role of Peter, which he accepted after his friend and former co-star Shailene Woodley sent him a text asking him to accept the role so they could work together again. 408 of 420 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Kate Winslet was five months pregnant during filming. Despite only being on set for four weeks, it got to a point where shooting above her waist was required as well as her carrying folders, files and iPads to cover the bump in master shots. 278 of 285 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Shailene Woodley received several days of firearms training by Discreet Protection Security Group (DPS group) in order to prepare for her role in Divergent. The firearms instructors from DPS group are real life LAPD Officers Charles Wunder and Jamie McBride. They are the same Officers that the lead characters in the movie ‘End of Watch (2012)’ were loosely based on. They were partners in Newton Division in the mid to late 90’s. 58 of 62 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Filmmakers used the cover name “Catbird” while filming public scenes for the film. 167 of 196 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Lucas Till, Jack Reynor, Jeremy Irvine, Alex Pettyfer, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Ludwig and Luke Bracey were considered for the lead roles. 124 of 152 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • ‘Jeremy Irvine (I)’ was the first choice for the role of Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton but he turned it down because he doesn’t want to be seen as a teen idol. 33 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Jeremy Irvine was the first choice for the role of Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton but he turned it down because he doesn’t want to be seen as a teen idol. 17 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late. Full summary »  »

Story: Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her. Written byanonymous


Synopsis: The sun rises over a field in a futuristic Chicago. A rusty old ship rests on land, seemingly deserted for ages. We move to the rest of the area, where people are walking around wearing uniforms of identical colors to match their place of living. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) explains that after a great war, society was divided into five separate areas called factions to maintain order.

The Erudite faction is for the smartest and most logical-thinking people. They dress in a dark shade of blue. Amity is meant for the kind and peaceful. They grow crops and provide for other factions and they dress in orange and yellow. The Candor faction values honesty, and they dress in black and white. The most fearless go to Dauntless. They are the protectors of the nation, and they are known for their bravery as much as they are known for their crazy behavior. Their uniforms are black. Beatrice and her family reside in the Abnegation faction. They are selfless and do not value power, giving them the nickname "Stiffs". They provide for the factionless, those who have no place to call home. Beatrice’s father Andrew (Tony Goldwyn) works closely with the Abnegation leader Marcus Eaton (Ray Stevenson). Her main concern is that she does not know where she really belongs.

Beatrice’s mother Natalie (Ashley Judd) cuts her hair and only allows her a brief amount of time to see her reflection to avoid vanity. It is the day of Beatrice’s aptitude test, along with her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), in which they will find out which faction they are best suited for. She asks her mother if she was afraid when she took her test. Natalie says no.

Beatrice and Caleb go to the station where other 16-year-olds from the other factions are taking their aptitude tests. A Candor member, Peter (Miles Teller), mocks the Abnegation kids and blames them for the dwindling supplies. Beatrice continues to wonder just where she will fit in. After the kids are all put through a brief history of the test and its origins, she gets up to take the test, monitored by a woman named Tori (Maggie Q). She puts Beatrice in a chair and has her drink a blue serum to start the test. Beatrice closes her eyes and then opens them to find herself alone, with Tori no longer standing by her side. She gets up and sees her reflection. She keeps turning her head and sees more and more reflections. Then there appears to be a rabid dog. It growls at Beatrice and then runs toward her. She closes her eyes and then sees it as a puppy. Her younger self appears, wanting to play with the puppy. It reverts to its mangy dog form, running to attack the little Beatrice. The older one runs after the dog, and they sink through the floor. Beatrice awakens with a jolt. Tori is in a panicked state. Beatrice asks her what the results were. Tori says they were inconclusive. According to the results, Beatrice is suited for Abnegation, but also Erudite and Dauntless. This is a rare case, and Tris is dubbed Divergent. Tori tells her to go home and say she was sick from the serum.

When Beatrice gets home, she is hesitant to tell her family what her results were. She just says she got Abnegation again. Andrew says that he needs to resolve matters with Abnegation as there is trouble going on with the faction’s helping of the factionless, as well as a rumor being spread that Marcus hit his own son.

The day of the Choosing Ceremony arrives. The Prior kids meet Erudite leader, Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet). It is suggested that someone in Erudite (most likely her) has been spreading the rumor about Marcus. Once the ceremony commences, the new initiates step up to a table with five bowls and a knife. They cut their hands and give a drop of blood into these bowls to choose their factions. Caleb chooses Erudite. There is scattered applause in Abnegation but the Erudite members proudly welcome him. Beatrice goes up, nervous. She cuts her hand and almost drops blood into Abnegation, but then decides on Dauntless. Her parents are surprised, and the Dauntless members welcome her. The initiates leave with their factions, and Beatrice looks at her mother one last time.

Beatrice arrives in the Dauntless faction with all the other initiates. They run wild, climbing to the top of the train tracks and chasing after the train as it goes so they can hop onto it before it’s too late. Beatrice meets a Candor initiative, Christina (Zoe Kravitz). They then have to jump off the moving train onto a rooftop. Dauntless leader Eric (Jai Courtney) gathers everyone over the edge of the rooftop for them to jump into a hole. He asks for a volunteer to go first, and Beatrice steps forward. After some hesitation, she jumps into the hole and lands on a net. She is pulled out by Dauntless instructor Four (Theo James). He asks for her name, and she decides to call herself Tris. When everybody else comes down, he leads the initiates to The Pit, where everybody is having fun and they get to eat. There, Tris meets an Erudite initiative named Will (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) and Christina’s friend from Candor, Al (Christian Madsen). Another Dauntless leader, Max (Mekhi Phifer), comes out to greet the initiatives and welcome them to Dauntless. The initiatives, including Tris and Christina, get carried away proudly.

The initiates are set to begin training for them to prove they are worthy of staying in Dauntless. Eric warns them that if they fail to reach the top ranks, they will be kicked out of Dauntless and stay factionless, unable to return to their old homes. The first stage of training is combat where the initiatives fight against each other. Tris is put up against the last person to jump into the hole, a girl named Molly (Amy Newbold). Molly beats Tris easily. Additionally, she does not fare well in shooting practice or other tests. Four and Eric sneer at Tris and doubt her ability to keep up. To cheer her up, Christina, Will, and Al take her to a parlor to get tattoos. There, Tris finds Tori and follows her, even though it looks like she’s trying to avoid her. She warns Tris that she shouldn’t have chosen Dauntless as her new faction, because there are people looking for over Divergents. She gives Tris a tattoo of three flying birds.

Tris practices fighting on a punching bag, with Four coming to watch. He tells her she’s weak and her moves won’t work. He positions her properly and gives her tips on what moves she should use. Meanwhile, Christina is fighting Molly, getting beaten pretty badly. She drops to the floor. Eric asks Christina if she wants to give up, and she says yes. He helps her on her feet and guides her somewhere. They walk over a bridge that stands over a deep chasm. Eric asks her if she’s feeling better and then pushes her off the bridge. Christina grabs onto it for dear life, and Eric times her to make a choice – hang on and he will forget her cowardice, let go and die, or give up and force herself out of the faction. She almost slips off until the time is up, and she’s still hanging on. Tris and Four pull her out as she cries. Eric reminds them that Dauntless cannot be afraid of anything nor can they ever give up.

The initiates then practice throwing knives at targets. Al throws his knife weakly and it doesn’t hit anywhere close to the target. Eric tells him to go get it, but Al refuses to as everybody is throwing their knives. Eric stops everybody and forces Al to stand in front of the target. Before Eric throws his knife, Tris tells him that this won’t prove anything. Eric makes her take Al’s place. Four grabs four knives to throw. He throws the first one far away from Tris, but gets closer with each knife until he throws the last one close enough to cut Tris’s ear. After the practice, she tells Four that he cut her, but he says Eric wouldn’t have let her out of there if she was left without a scratch. The other initiatives, including Molly, congratulate Tris. Peter approaches her to congratulate her sarcastically while adding that there is a news report on both Tris and Caleb and their choosing to leave Abnegation for other factions.

The next day, Jeanine and a couple of Erudite Council members go into Dauntless, as it is implied they are searching for the Divergents. Tris never reveals her status, but Jeanine tells her to let her know if she needs anything.

Tris is set up to fight against Peter. Four reminds her of the moves he told her about, which is to dodge her opponent’s move and go for his throat first. Peter, being significantly bigger than Tris, has something of an upper hand, but Tris hits him in the throat as planned. However, he still ends up beating her hard, knocking her out with a kick to the face.

When she wakes up, Tris sees Christina and Will standing by her side with black jackets. Will tells Tris she’s been out for a day and that Eric has decided to cut her from the faction. Her friends leave to join the other Dauntless initiates on the moving train. Tris, not ready to be thrown out, runs after the train and hops on. Eric is slightly impressed by her determination and allows her to join in on their game. Both Eric and Four gather up members for their team in an extreme version of Capture The Flag, with everyone carrying guns full of darts that simulate the pain of a gunshot. They are all taken to an abandoned amusement park, and Four’s team tries to come up with strategies on taking the other team down. Tris appears to want to say something, but she gets the idea to climb up a Ferris wheel to get a better vantage point. Four follows her, though he looks uneasy climbing up. Tris speculates that he’s afraid of heights. They get their view on the other team and head in with their team to attack. Together, Tris and Four shoot through Peter and Eric, and Tris takes Molly down to get the flag and emerge victorious. As part of a final Dauntless initiation, Tris joins the others on a crazy zipline over the city. She pulls the breaks before she hits the wall at the end of the line.

The next day, the Dauntless initiates are taking in bags of supplies from Amity and loading them onto trucks. Tris sees a light flashing in her eyes as if somebody is trying to get her attention. She walks behind the trucks to find her mother. They hug. Natalie asks Tris if she really got Dauntless for her aptitude test. She admits her results were inconclusive. Natalie warns her not to let anybody know about this and to be safe, because Erudite is hunting down Divergents, believing they are a threat to their system since they do not conform to just one faction and are capable of free-thinking. Tris then asks Natalie if she was Dauntless. She leaves before answering.

Tris’s ranking rises above the dreaded red line, keeping her right above Al. Her current position is #20. The next stage of training is a simulation room to test out the initiates’ control of their fears. Molly walks out of the room, shaking and trembling. Four oversees Tris’s test. As the simulation begins, Tris sees herself in a field outside a town, behind a fence near the Amity faction. A flock of crows fly over her and swoop down to attack Tris. She tries to run but gets stuck in mud. The crows surround her, but she tells herself "This isn’t real", and she swims into what looks like a puddle but actually holds a larger body of water. Tris is snapped out of the simulation. Four asks her how she got out of there so quickly. She only lasted three minutes, quicker than most initiates. Tris says she just got into the water. Her second simulation has her coming up to her friends, but she is trapped by an invisible wall. Christina appears to laugh at her and then talks to Peter. Tris realizes she is in a tank that slowly fills up with water. It starts to fill up to the top until she is completely submerged. She sees her reflection and once again tells herself, "This isn’t real." She taps the glass lightly, but it somehow causes a big crack before finally breaking completely. She wakes up from the simulation again, and Four once more questions how she got out of there so fast.

Tris goes to visit Tori. She reveals to Tris that her brother George was Divergent but he chose Dauntless as his faction. When he was found out, he was dropped into the chasm.

Tris goes to Erudite to visit Caleb. The other Erudite members look at her with surprise to see a Dauntless member in there. Tris tells Caleb that she thinks Erudite is planning to take over the other factions, starting with Abnegation. Caleb, now acting and thinking like a real Erudite, agrees, and he maintains his devotion to his faction over his family ("faction over blood"). Tris tearfully leaves when she realizes her brother won’t help her. She is stopped by two Erudite officials trying to take her in. She punches one of them and tries attacking the other when Jeanine stops them. She takes Tris into her office to refresh her. Jeanine reminds her of the need to maintain a balance in the system, as well as peace.

When Tris returns to Dauntless, she is caught by three masked guys. They carry her and nearly throw her into the chasm, but she fights herself out. She unmasks one of them, shocked to see it is Al. She fights them off and Four comes in to her rescue. He tends to her wounds, and she expresses disbelief that Al would attack her. Four says it’s because he’s trying to boost his ranks since he knows he’s close to getting kicked out. Later, when everybody is eating in The Pit, Al tries to apologize to Tris for what he did. She tells him to leave her alone and that she’ll kill him if he touches her. Afterwards, Tris and Christina come across the chasm where some Dauntless members are pulling out a body. It’s Al, having jumped to his death out of guilt. Tris admits to feeling somewhat responsible for this.

Four brings Tris into the simulation room where he lets her get inside his mind to show her his fears. They start off high above the city, simulating Four’s fear of heights. Tris suggests they jump because it’s not real, but Four says that’s something a Divergent would do. They walk carefully over to the tower nearby to continue. They become trapped inside a vent, simulating Four’s fear of containment. The walls start closing in on the two of them. They grab some nails and stick them into the walls to keep them from closing in on them. Four’s next fear has him being forced to execute a factionless girl, but he cannot look at her with his gun aimed at her. Finally, he and Tris find themselves in Abnegation – Four’s original faction. They’re in a house. Coming down the stairs is Marcus, holding a belt. Tris realizes that Four is Marcus’s son, Tobias Eaton. Marcus walks over with the belt to hit Four, but Tris fights him off, and the simulation ends. Tris and Four walk onto the balcony of his apartment. She realizes he is "Four" because of his four fears. He shows her the tattoos on his back. He has the symbols of each faction on his back. Four states that he doesn’t want to belong to just one faction. He wants to be kind, fearless, honest, selfless, and intelligent. The two of them kiss.

Later, Four shows Tris a few Erudite members bringing in supplies. He shows her a vial of an orange serum that is being used to make people more prone to suggestion.

Tris’s final test comes, with Jeanine and other Erudite members, along with the Dauntless members, watching her. She is sat down in a chair and is told that her hallucinations will be viewed on monitors. Her previous fears come back to her. She is almost attacked by crows again, but this time, she doesn’t jump in the water. She sees the field catching fire and grabs a burning branch to scare off the birds. Next, she is back in the glass tank that fills up with water. Instead of breaking the glass, she takes off her jacket and plugs the drain that sends the water in. She then finds herself in Four’s room. He goes to kiss her, but then gets aggressive. He throws her onto the bed as if to rape her, so she kicks him in the groin and throws him off. Tris appears to wake up from the simulation, hoping Four didn’t see the last bit. Jeanine comes over to hand Tris a gun as her parents and Caleb walk in. Jeanine tells Tris that she knows what to do. Tris refuses, but then hesitantly aims the gun at somebody (we don’t see who) and she pulls the trigger. This snaps her out of the simulation.

Tris is officially a Dauntless member. She and the other new members, including Will and Christina, are suited up and given guns as they line up for a mission. Max and Eric see a man wandering out of line, uncertain of who to follow, leading them to realize he is a Divergent. Eric tells the man everything will be fine before he shoots him in the head. The Dauntless members are injected with a tracking device in case anybody gets lost. They are brought into Abnegation, ready to attack the residents. The Dauntless members round up the Abnegation members, but Tris and Four refuse to join in the chaos. They are found out by Max and Eric, who conclude that both Tris and Four are Divergent. Eric aims his gun at Four, but Tris holds hers to Eric. Max aims at her, and Four aims at him. Tris and Four incapacitate both leaders and make a run for it, evading other antagonistic Dauntless members. They are then captured and brought to Jeanine. She recognizes Four as Tobias Eaton. He tries to attack her, but her guards hold him back. She has Four taken away while Tris is to be executed. Before the villains can shoot her, they are shot by Natalie. She rescues her daughter, and Tris realizes that her mother was indeed a Dauntless. They take their weapons to defend themselves. Will shoots at Tris and Natalie, and Tris has to kill him. She is upset that she had to do it, but her mother comforts her.

More Dauntless members shoot at Tris and Natalie. They fight back, but Natalie is shot in the side and quickly dies. Tris holds her mother and cries. She goes to find her father and Caleb in a safe house. She cries to her father, mourning Natalie’s death. Caleb mourns as well, having left Erudite after realizing their corruption. Tris tells them that the serum Erudite gave the Dauntless members is controlling them into attacking the Abnegation members. To stop this, they must infiltrate the Dauntless fortress. Tris leads them away.

Tris guides Andrew and Caleb, and another fighter, to the train that takes them to Dauntless. They jump off the train onto the rooftop and down into the hole. Tris finds Peter and forces him to tell them where the fortress is after shooting him. The heroes encounter more controlled Dauntless members. Andrew shoots at them and kills them, but he is shot and also dies quickly. Caleb cries over his father, and Tris briefly mourns him as well. She continues moving until she finds the room with Jeanine and others, ready to complete the controlling of the Dauntless. all ready to kill the Abnegation members. Some of the Dauntless have already begun killing some Abnegation members off. Tris sees that Four has also been injected with the serum, controlling him to attack Tris. She fights back but has to remind him who she is. She holds the gun to him, and then to her head. She continues to reassure Four, "It’s okay, I love you." Four fights back against the serum, helping Tris fight off the villains. Jeanine tries to finish the process, but Tris throws a knife that pierces Jeanine’s hand. Tris orders her to stop the process, and Jeanine refuses. Four grabs a gun with a vial of the serum and puts it together. Jeanine snarls, "Guess you’re not as Dauntless as you thought." Tris replies, "No. I’m Divergent." Four throws her the gun and she injects Jeanine with the suggestion serum, forcing her to release the Dauntless members from their control. Jeanine tries to attack Tris with her knife, but Tris knocks her out cold.

Four reunites with Marcus, his father, and it is obviously uneasy. Despite this, both Marcus and Caleb join Tris as they board the train heading out of Dauntless. Tris is sad over the loss of her parents and she still doesn’t know where she belongs. Four says he does know.

Tris narrates again, saying that they feel like the factionless, having lost their homes and loved ones. However, they will continue to fight if they must.

The film concludes as the train takes them to Amity.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Lucy Fisher known as producer
  • John J. Kelly known as executive producer
  • Pouya Shabazian known as producer
  • Barry H. Waldman known as executive producer: additional photography
  • Douglas Wick known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Shailene Woodley known as Tris
  • Theo James known as Four
  • Ashley Judd known as Natalie
  • Jai Courtney known as Eric
  • Ray Stevenson known as Marcus
  • Zoë Kravitz known as Christina
  • Miles Teller known as Peter
  • Tony Goldwyn known as Andrew
  • Ansel Elgort known as Caleb
  • Maggie Q known as Tori
  • Mekhi Phifer known as Max
  • Kate Winslet known as Jeanine
  • Ben Lloyd-Hughes known as Will
  • Christian Madsen known as Al
  • Amy Newbold known as Molly
  • Ben Lamb known as Edward
  • Janet Ulrich Brooks known as Erudite Teacher
  • Clara Burger known as Little Abnegation Girl
  • Anthony Fleming known as Guard
  • Ryan Carr known as Dauntless Man
  • Alex Hashioka known as Erudite Guard
  • Will Blagrove known as Dauntless Patrol Man
  • Rotimi known as Ezra
  • Justine Wachsberger known as Lauren
  • Michael Gideon Sherry known as Bullied Abnegation Boy (as Michael Sherry)
  • Lukas Burger known as Jonathan Ziegler
  • Austin Lyon known as Zipline #1
  • Renee Puente known as Zipline #2
  • Lucas Ross known as Zipline #3
  • Chris Hayes known as Dauntless Instructor
  • Ana Corbi known as Factionless Girl
  • Eric Kaldor known as Factionless Man #1
  • Alice Bowden known as Factionless Woman #2
  • Cleo Anthony known as Dauntless Patrol #1
  • Alice Rietveld known as Dauntless Patrol #2
  • Brad Grenier known as Dauntless Patrol #3
  • Yasmine Aker known as Dauntless Patrol #4
  • Michael James Bell known as Erudite Scientist #1
  • Leigh Bush known as Erudite Scientist #2
  • Bob Rumnock known as Older Abnegation Man
  • Elyse Cole known as Ten Year Old Tris
  • Efe McWorter known as Candor Judge
  • Chris Weir known as Candor Lawyer
  • Doyle Brand known as Candor Witness
  • Faye Jackson known as Abnegation Woman
  • Scott Roberts known as Abnegation Man
  • Sophia Marzocchi known as Candor Attorney #2
  • Marc Abbink known as Abnegation (uncredited)
  • Michele Sweeney Abrams known as Factionless (uncredited)
  • Ken Adams known as Amity Adult (uncredited)
  • Christine Ames known as Erudite Woman (uncredited)
  • Lisa Marie Austin known as Adult Amity (uncredited)
  • Joseph Aviel known as Captain – Dauntless (uncredited)
  • Braeden Baade known as Dauntless (uncredited)
  • Blythe Baird known as Erin Quinn (uncredited)
  • Kevin Wayne Berger known as Abnegation (uncredited)
  • Michael T. Black known as Erudite Citizen (uncredited)
  • Ben Bloom known as Dauntless (uncredited)
  • Brandon Bowens known as Dauntless (uncredited)
  • Stephen J. Branagan known as Candor (uncredited)
  • Matthew Campbell known as Dauntless Patrol (uncredited)
  • Presley Cole Carlson known as (uncredited)
  • Roberta Chung known as Dauntless (uncredited)
  • Patricia Urbonas Clark known as Amity Farmer (uncredited)
  • Sharon Coleman known as Abnegation (uncredited)
  • Justine M. Constantino known as Abnegation Teen (uncredited)
  • Kate Rees Davies known as Candor (uncredited)
  • Sherman T. Edwards Jr. known as Amity (uncredited)
  • Hudson Ford known as Abnegation Child (uncredited)
  • Weston Ford known as Abnegation Child (uncredited)
  • Leiah Garcia known as Dauntless (uncredited)
  • Nathan Geist known as Crying Abnegation (uncredited)
  • Brad Greiner known as Dauntless Patrol (uncredited)
  • Jaiden Hidalgo known as Abnegation Child (uncredited)
  • Janell Islas known as Abnegation Citizen (uncredited)
  • Matt Iwinski known as Erudite Member (uncredited)
  • Terra Jackson known as Erudite Teen (uncredited)
  • Ryan Browning Johnson known as Erudite Adult (uncredited)
  • Casimere Jollette known as Claire Sutron (uncredited)
  • Wes Jones known as Dauntless Guard (uncredited)
  • Christopher Kahler known as Dauntless (uncredited)
  • J. Anthony Kopec known as (uncredited)
  • Caleb Kurowski known as Abnegation Teen (uncredited)
  • Dan Latham known as Amity Farmer (uncredited)
  • Kira Legg known as Abnegation (uncredited)
  • Erin Luboff known as Amity Woman (uncredited)
  • Kendyl Lynch known as Erudite Citizen (uncredited)
  • Evan MacHendrick known as Dauntless Technician (uncredited)
  • Parker Mack known as Sam Robertson (uncredited)
  • Matt Philliben known as Jeanine's Bodyguard (uncredited)
  • Asta Razma known as Candor Adult (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Reiners known as Erudite Adult (uncredited)
  • Michelle Roman known as Dauntless Faction (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Sall known as Jeanine's Aide (uncredited)
  • Carrie Salter known as Amity Adult (uncredited)
  • Kitsy Smith known as Amity Teen (uncredited)
  • January Stern known as Dauntless Faction (uncredited)
  • Kyle Sudges known as Amity Teen (uncredited)
  • Mallory Thompson known as Dauntless Climber (uncredited)
  • Vince Tolentino known as Abnegation Teen (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Denise Baker known as hair stylist
  • Gloria Pasqua Casny known as hair department head
  • Latrice Edwards known as makeup artist
  • Alejandra Ford known as makeup artist
  • Jake Garber known as special makeup effects artist: additional photography
  • Christy Gianneschi known as hair stylist
  • Christy Gianneschi known as makeup artist
  • Jules Holdren known as assistant hair department head
  • Ann-Maree Hurley known as makeup artist (additional photography)
  • Alma Izquierdo known as makeup artist
  • Lisa Jelic known as makeup artist
  • Rosalind Jones-Crosby known as hair stylist
  • Dominic Mango known as hair stylist
  • Tony Mirante known as key hair stylist
  • Suzi Ostos known as key makeup artist
  • Zsofia Otvos known as makeup artist
  • Denise Paulson known as assistant department head makeup
  • Lillian Sakamaki known as makeup artist
  • Rick Stratton known as special tattoos
  • Michael White known as hair stylist
  • Brad Wilder known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Colin Bach known as prop assistant
  • Ravi Bansal known as concept artist
  • Sean Richard Budde known as propmaker
  • Andrew Max Cahn known as assistant art director
  • Michael Cawood known as previs artist
  • Joseph Conenna known as leadman
  • Sean Connor known as set dresser
  • Raymond Cruz known as gang boss/welder
  • Randy Culberhouse known as propmakers foreman
  • John Davis known as storyboard artist
  • Cosmas A. Demetriou known as set designer
  • Colin Dennis known as general foreman
  • Brad Einhorn known as property master
  • Phillip Ellman known as greens foreman
  • Anthony Joseph Fatigato known as on set painter
  • Joseph Fedo known as on set dresser second unit: Los Angeles
  • Francesco Ferrara known as painter
  • Derek Frederickson known as computer graphic designer
  • Thomas J. Glynn known as set dresser
  • Brad Good known as assistant property master
  • Damon Green known as construction purchaser
  • Matt Hausmann known as assistant property master: Los Angeles
  • Michael A. Heath known as prop paperwork
  • Cindy Ichikawa known as art department coordinator
  • Allison Isenberg known as set decoration coordinator
  • Ryan Patrick Kelly known as set dresser
  • Lisa M. Kittredge known as construction auditor
  • Keith Kolecki known as on set dresser: second unit
  • Keith Kolecki known as set dresser
  • Tammy S. Lee known as assistant art director
  • Chris Wolfgang Mauch known as storyboard artist
  • Todd McKibben known as propmaker gang boss
  • Michael Meyers known as concept illustrator
  • Jason Negron known as set dresser
  • Lorenzo Powell known as additional graphic designer
  • Bryan A. Rapey known as set dressing buyer
  • Raj Rihal known as concept artist
  • Bert Rodriguez known as foreman
  • Marco Rubeo known as set designer
  • Chris Samp known as painter
  • Christian Scheurer known as illustrator
  • Jefry Shebroe known as props: additional photography
  • Jeff Shewbert known as propmaker gangboss
  • John J. Slove Jr. known as local construction foreman
  • Anthony Syracuse known as construction coordinator
  • Randy Syracuse known as propmaker foreman
  • Larry Szymanowski known as painter
  • Karen Teneyck known as graphic designer
  • David Tennenbaum known as set designer
  • Holly Todd known as props
  • Adrian Valdes known as paint supervisor
  • Josh Zylstra known as gang boss
  • Patrick Beals known as prop designer (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Summit Entertainment (presents) (A Neil Burger Film)
  • Red Wagon Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • AIRWare Technology  data delivery
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Interscope Records  soundtrack
  • Keslow Camera  additional camera equipment
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by
  • Paragon Studios  post-production sound services
  • Pentmark  product placement
  • Reed Rigging  rigging equipment rental
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Zuccarini Watershot  underwater camera housing equipment (uncredited)


  • Concorde Filmverleih (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • E1 Films Canada (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft. (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Summit Entertainment (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2013) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Aurum Producciones (2014) (Spain) (all media)
  • Deltamac Co. (2014) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Joyncontents Group (2014) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Leeding Media (2014) (China) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2014) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Paris Filmes (2014) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Perfect World (Beijing) Pictures Co. (2014) (China) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Makeup Effects Laboratories
  • Method Studios (visual effects)
  • Third Floor, The

Visual Effects by:

  • Brian Adler known as executive producer: Gentle Giant Studios
  • Jordan Alaeddine known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Kaevski Aleksandar known as matchmove: fx3x
  • Isaac Alexander known as Production Assistant: Scanline VFX
  • Matthew Almeida known as cgi artist
  • Daniel Lorenzo Alvarez known as animator
  • Avi Arora known as compositor
  • Edward Bauman known as Production Assistant: Scanline VFX
  • Greg Baxter known as visual effects producer
  • Romain Bayle known as matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Fritz Beck known as visual effects artist: Scanline VFX
  • Frank Belina known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Matthew E. Bell known as senior look development and lighting artist
  • Jim Berney known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jourdan Biziou known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Sandro Blattner known as compositor: Method Studios LA
  • Jamie Bowers known as texturing: Method Studios LA
  • Pankaj Brijlani known as matchmover
  • Jason Brown known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Page Buckner known as visual effects consultant
  • Matthew Bullock known as Modeler: Scanline VFX
  • Lersak Bunupuradah known as modeling supervisor: Method Studios
  • Shannan Burkley known as matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Claire Burns known as Production Assistant: Scanline VFX
  • Kathy Chasen-Hay known as visual effects executive
  • Rachan Chirarattanakornkul known as tracking/layout
  • Crystal Choo known as digital coordinator
  • Peter Claes known as lead effects artist
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Seth Cobb known as previs artist
  • Chad E. Collier known as data operations manager: Method Studios
  • J. Todd Constantine known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Jimmy Cruz known as Roto Artist: Scanline VFX
  • Dave David known as visual effects artist
  • Mark A. Davis known as visual effects artist
  • Carlos Patrick De Leon known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Carlos Patrick De Leon known as visual effects artist
  • Christian Deiß known as pipeline technical director: Scanline VFX (as Christian Deiss)
  • Greg Dora known as digital compositor
  • Moriba Duncan known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Matthew Nowicki DuVall known as compositor
  • Moritz Eiche known as digital compositing supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Christian Emond known as digital effects artist
  • Tyler Esselstrom known as 3d artist
  • Tyler Esselstrom known as visual effects artist
  • Carolina Fabiani known as animator
  • Paul Fedor known as matte painter
  • Paul Fedor known as matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Manuel Ferdinand known as R&D: Scanline VFX
  • Manuel Ferdinand known as r&d engineer: Scanline VFX
  • John Fielding known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Marvin Fonacier known as senior systems engineer
  • Brian Fortune known as compositor (Scanline VFX)
  • Evan Fraser known as matchmove supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Roland Friedrich known as digital compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Bradley Gaines known as paint artist: Method Studios
  • Danny Garcia known as integration artist
  • Sinje Gebauer known as VFX Producer: Scanline VFX
  • Sinje Gebauer known as visual effects producer (Scanline VFX)
  • Pätrick Gehlen known as previsualization supervisor: The Third Floor
  • Ketki Gokhale known as character rigger: Method Studios LA
  • Derik Gokstorp known as pipeline technical director
  • Juan S. Gomez known as cg supervisor
  • Pam Gonzales known as paint: method studios
  • Lauren Elizabeth Gould known as previsualization production coordinator: The Third Floor (as Lauren Gould)
  • Lauren Guerard known as visual effects coordinator: method studios
  • Gil Hacco known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Jon Hanzelka known as lidar scanning: Lidar VFX
  • Brandon Harr known as lidar supervisor: LiDAR VFX
  • David Harter known as digital compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Brian Howald known as compositing lead
  • Eric Huang known as animator
  • János Hunyadi known as Modeler: Scanline VFX
  • János Hunyadi known as modeler: Scanline VFX
  • Hasan Ilhan known as visual effects artist: Scanline VFX
  • Todorovski Ilija known as matchmove artist
  • Lia Ioanniti known as compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Imraan Ismail known as on-set data wrangler & photographer
  • Alistair Jamieson known as visual effects data lead
  • Jonathan Jamison known as visual effects coordinator
  • Sabine Janetzka known as digital compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Grigori Jiliba known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Kerry Joseph known as visual effects production manager
  • Scott Joseph known as Roto Artist: Scanline VFX
  • Abhishek Joshi known as cg lead
  • Mark Julien known as compositor
  • Filip Kicev known as lighter: Choosing Hall Crowds
  • Sung Churl Kim known as modeler: Method studios
  • Yong Kim known as lighting technical director
  • Pency Kinnard known as digital compositor
  • Jonathan Klemke known as visual effects production assistant
  • Claudia Knorr known as visual effects artist: Scanline VFX
  • Paul Kolsanoff known as VFX Producer: Scanline VFX
  • Allie Koppel known as previsualization accountant: The Third Floor
  • Nicolas Koubi known as pipeline/rigging td
  • Marshall Richard Krasser known as VFX Supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Marshall Richard Krasser known as vfx supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Satbir Singh Kukreja known as Roto Artist: Scanline VFX
  • Sebastian Küchmeister known as visual effects artist: Scanline VFX
  • Josh Lange known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Roland Langschwert known as VFX Supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Roland Langschwert known as visual effects supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Gary Laurie known as senior matchmove/layout technical director: Method Studios
  • James Travis Lawrence known as senior lighter: Method Studios
  • Jooyong Lee known as senior compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Woohyuck Eric Lee known as Modeler: Scanline VFX
  • Marco Leone known as digital compositor
  • Andy Lesniak known as cg supervisor
  • Jacys Cheng-Yu Lin known as fx artist: Scanline VFX
  • Jacys Cheng-Yu Lin known as visual effects artist
  • Tong Jason Lin known as effects technical director: Method Studios
  • Sophia Lo known as digital compositor: Method Studios
  • Joseph Lobato known as digital coordinator
  • George Longo known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Björn Lubitz known as cg supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Xi Luo known as digital compositor
  • Rajesh Madishetty known as compositor
  • Keywan Mahintorabi known as senior compositor
  • Jona Maluck known as digital compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Nicholas Markel known as previsualization creative director: The Third Floor
  • Natanya Marks known as previsualization production manager: The Third Floor
  • Aldo Martinez Calzadilla known as Modeler: Scanline VFX
  • Andy Martinez Calzadilla known as 3d artist
  • Dirk Matzkuhn known as digital compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Robert McGlinchey known as visual effects coordinator
  • Joel Román Mendías known as executive producer: Scanline VFX
  • Michel Mielke known as executive effects producer: Scanline VFX
  • Michael Miller known as Modeler: Scanline VFX
  • Michael Miller known as lead modeler: Scanline VFX
  • Jackie Mills known as Roto Artist: Scanline VFX
  • Meherzad Minbattiwala known as digital compositor: Soho VFX
  • Elizabeth Montes known as previsualization production coordinator: The Third Floor
  • Sara Moore known as digital coordinator
  • Walid Mouawad known as visual effects artist: Scanline VFX
  • Andy Mower known as digital compositor: Method LA
  • John Murnaghan known as cgi artist
  • Mark Anthony J. Nazal known as visual effects artist
  • Ben Neall known as lead texture artist
  • Jason Neisewander known as visual effects production assistant
  • Brandon Nelson known as lead compositor
  • Marcin Nikiforuk known as matte painter: Soho VFX
  • Sonny Ong known as visual effects artist
  • Brian Pace known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Eugene Paluso known as tracking/layout
  • Seong Jin Park known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Anuj Patil known as senior compositor (Scanline vfx)
  • Chris Pember known as 3d artist
  • Chris Pember known as digital artist
  • Alex Perlstrom known as systems administrator: Scanline VFX
  • Eric Petey known as animation supervisor
  • Tananuch Phosri known as Roto Artist: Scanline VFX
  • Christian Pokorny known as visual effects artist: Scanline VFX
  • Melvin Polayah known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Shannon Pytlak known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • The-Hung Quach known as texture/matte painter
  • Karthic Ramesh known as digital compositor: Soho VFX
  • Guillermo Ramos known as digital compositor
  • Donny Rausch known as compositing supervisor
  • Shinichi Rembutsu known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Shinichi Rembutsu known as visual effects artist
  • Robert C. Rhodes known as visual effects production assistant
  • Matthew Riche known as cgi artist
  • Brian Ripley known as matte painter
  • Luca Gabriele Rossetti known as senior digital compositor
  • Luca Gabriele Rossetti known as senior matte painter
  • Tony Rudolph known as digital matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Tony Rudolph known as matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Vishal Rustgi known as visual effects
  • Frida Sahono known as texture artist: Method Studios
  • Franz Schiller known as digital compositor: Scanline VFX
  • Ron Schrems known as Modeler: Scanline VFX
  • Jaeil Seo known as matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Maria Serrano known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Joanne Seto known as tracking/matchmove artist/modeler
  • Sung Seu known as layout artist: Scanline VFX
  • Behnam Shafiebeik known as senior compositor: Method Studios
  • Nate Shaw known as visual effects artist
  • Kerry Shea known as previsualization producer: The Third Floor
  • Shobanbabu known as compositor
  • Ian Sinclair known as Production Assistant: Scanline VFX
  • Courteney Smith known as Production Assistant: Scanline VFX
  • Cameron Sonerson known as layout lead: Scanline VFX
  • Cameron Sonerson known as lead layout artist
  • Shelby Stong known as matchmove artist
  • Jim Su known as rigging supervisor Scanline VFX
  • Kris Sundberg known as vfx assistant coordinator
  • James Sweeney known as digital artist
  • Sarah Swick known as visual effects producer: Soho VFX
  • Svetlana Tesnes known as visual effects coordinator: method studios
  • Nadine Thomas known as digital matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Nadine Thomas known as matte painting artist: Scanline VFX
  • Steven Tom known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Jeff Tong known as modeler: Soho VFX
  • Philip Trieu known as cgi artist
  • Johannes Vogl known as visual effects artist: Scanline VFX
  • Eric Walls known as previsualization artist: The Third Floor
  • Ben Warburton known as digital compositor
  • Daniel Warom known as digital artist Scanline VFX)
  • Daniel Warom known as massive supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Logan B. Watkins known as Roto Artist: Scanline VFX
  • Martin Toby Watson known as senior integration artist: Scanline VFX
  • Daniel Wennerholm known as Roto Artist: Scanline VFX
  • Blair Werschler known as 3d artist
  • Blair Werschler known as visual effects artist
  • Chad Wiebe known as set visual effects supervisor: Scanline VFX
  • Susannah Marie Williams known as crowd td
  • Andrew Winters known as visual effects artist
  • Paul Wojdylo known as lighting artist
  • Sunny Wong known as digital compositor
  • Christian Wood known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Mike Wood known as digital matte artist
  • Michelle Yhan known as digital compositor

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality



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  1. moviexclusive from Singapore
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    Every studio hopes for a hit YA franchise, and in particular forLionsgate-owned Summit Entertainment, the imperative is even strongerseeing as how they had unearthed that lucrative segment with the'Twilight' series. And so 'Divergent' comes with high hopes that notonly will it become hit YA property, it could potentially enjoy thesame astronomical success as 'The Hunger Games', especially since bothare of the sci-fi genre set in a post-apocalyptic world with freshyoung faces.

    Adapted from Veronica Roth's book, it imagines a dystopia where societyis organised into five distinct factions based on personality types,each understanding and playing its role in order to keep the peace.These are Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite, the namesrather self-explanatory in describing what they represent. Youths aretested at the age of 16, given two likeliest factions from the resultsof a hallucinatory test, and then at a Choosing Day ceremony made topick one of the two in which they choose to belong.

    As narrated by our lead character Beatrice Prior (The Descendants'Shailene Woodley), there are those fit into more than two categorieswhich are labelled 'divergents' and cast out to live as homelessvagabonds on the pretense that they do not belong. Needless to say,Beatrice is a titular 'divergent', and warned by her testor (Maggie Q)that she must keep this information secret lest she be the subject of awitchhunt led by the leader of the snobbish Erudite faction JeanineMatthews (Kate Winslet). So at her ceremony, unlike all the others, sheexercises her free will to join the Dauntless, who train to be soldierskeeping the peace.

    Even with the task of laying franchise groundwork, it is bothsurprising and disappointing how much time the movie spends inside thesubterranean Pit where Tris and the rest of her initiates train underthe tough yet tender Instructor Four (Theo James) and the harsh andcontrolling leader Eric (Jai Courtney). From sparring to knife throwingto shooting, screen writers Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor spendabout an hour laying out Tris' Dauntless boot-camp training and thedynamics between the trainees, in particular with two Candors – one asnide competitor played by Miles Teller and the other a loyal friendplayed by Zoe Kravitz.

    There is of course the budding romance between Tris and InstructorFour, the latter of which turns out to be a 'divergent' himself and whoends up teaching her how to overcome the final 'fear test' of hertraining. At no point however does director Neil Burger inject a senseof urgency into the proceedings, which unfold relatively unhurried andwithout consequence until the final half-hour. It is at best a drag, atworst a bore, and while parallels have been drawn between Tris'training and Katniss Everdeen's in 'The Hunger Games', you'll find theformer here oddly devoid of danger or purpose.

    Only in the last segment is there some measure of thrill as a powerstruggle between the Erudites and the Abnegations build up into realconflict unfolding on the streets of an already war-ravaged Chicago.Burger assumes that his audience's patience will eventually pay off ina rushed final act that throws everything it can into the mix -including some heavy urban warfare, exposition, shifts in character -but it is a peculiar case of 'too much too late' that ends up makingyou frustrated more than anything else. There is little poignancy evenwith two key supporting characters meeting their demises within theshort span of ten minutes, and that is also a result of the film'sflawed construct, which diminishes the familial bonds illustrated inthe novel between Tris and her parents (Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd)and twin brother (Ansel Elgort).

    With little chance to flex her acting muscles, Woodley is hardly anymatch for Jennifer Lawrence, and indeed doesn't quite grasp hercharacter well enough to put forth a consistent and compelling portraitof Beatrice. At least she does share some screen chemistry withUnderworld: Awakening's Theo James, the bond that builds slowly betweenthem rather winning to say the least. Other thespians like Winslet andJudd give solid supporting turns, though they are yet again hemmed inby a ham-fisted script that hews too closely to the book'sstraightforward prose.

    On his part, Burger tries his best to build a convincing vision of afuturistic Chicago, but fails to convey the extent of a hyper-militarized and technologically advanced society on the verge offactional conflict. The postwar cityscape hardly leaves much of animpression, though the drug-induced mind trips that Beatrice takesboasts some degree of visual ingenuity that recalls Burger's farsuperior work in 'The Illusionist' and 'Limitless'. Worthy of specialmention though is the score by Junkie XL (with Hans Zimmer listed asexecutive music producer), which hits the right notes more than youwould expect in certain scenes.

    Still, it's hard to imagine 'Divergent' being the kickstarter the waythe first 'Hunger Games' movie was; though both share similar narrativeblueprints, this adaptation feels inert where the latter is lively,failing to engage its audience with its female teenage protagonist'srite of passage. Unless you're a fan of the books, you'll probably belukewarm about the next instalment 'Insurgent' whose production isalready underway; indeed, true to its title, there is something offabout 'Divergent' that never quite reconciles even till the end of themovie.

  2. yakuzaplacemat1215 from Aulendorf
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    As an introduction to a series it's better than "The Hunger Games"."Divergent" is a nice little coming of age flick that feels biggerbecause it features really long, drawn out scenes that move at aglacial pace, and Kate Winslet as a baddie. But 'Divergent' falls flaton it's face largely due to Shailene Woodley's debut as "Beatrice" andTheo James. Overall, Divergent is familiar fare, but served up by acast that is fiercely dedicated to phoning in the material. Roth'snovel imagined a post-Apocalyptic world where survivors created asociety that has a firmly enforced caste system. When Beatrice chosethe paramilitaristic faction (called Dauntless) I was prepared for afilm designed to rake in the dumb-down dollars. Instead we mostlyfollow Beatrice as she makes friends, begins to crush hard and debatesfamily members. The setup is so tapped into standard youthful fears(tests determining who you are, the unknown first sexual experience,having multiple interests when you are told you should only have onestrength) that Divergent is essentially a high school movie. Whether ornot that continues in the next film doesn't really concern me, althoughthe likelihood of more booms and swoon is probably strong since theenemies are the intellectuals and the heroes are the brawn that ditchedtheir social service upbringing. Some entertainment value, but this onecertainly won't enhance your intelligence.

  3. dochtermannl
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I have read all three books written by Veronica Roth. I came in withexpectations of character profiles and I reviewed the characters onIMDb. I understand that all book-to-movie adaptations make it difficultto fit in all the elements and are not perfect. It's impossible toportray the book word for word. Despite knowing all of this, I came inwith a low expectation.

    As I suspected, the tall and beautiful Shailene Woodley is definitelynot the small and weak Tris we imagine while reading the book. A lot ofthe character profiles were 'off.' However, Shailene gave an excellentportrayal of how she developed from a shy dependent girl to a confidentfearless warrior.

    The opening to the movie indicates we are in 'Chicago,' and that we areseparated into the five factions because of the war. There is noexplanation of why the war happened, where and who with. Just that wehave the huge fence to keep each other safe and we don't know what'sout there.

    Elements were definitely rushed and lacked intensity. The charactersthat were not featured in this movie are revolutionary figures in thesecond, making it impossible to have a movie without them. Keycharacters were left out or barely mentioned. Drew, Edward, Molly &Susan don't exist in the movie. There's no relationship at all withSusan and Caleb, as they left her out. Peter's entourage is completelyremoved. Edward has a couple brief mentions in the movie including thecapture the flag game and on the leader board. Otherwise, the entireeye stabbing scene doesn't exit. We don't see Peter for who he reallyis. The intensity of taunting Tris and making it difficult for her atDauntless headquarters is glossed over. We see Peter make a name forhimself when he beats Tris in the fight. Molly has barely two lines inthe movie. One of the lines Molly has complimented Tris. In the bookshe's part of Peter's entourage and they hate each other. I find thatPeter is too soft in the movie and he isn't enough of a jerk. In thebook he's way more nasty.

    Elements of the Dauntless training were not victorious as they'resupposed to be. There was no focus on how vital Dauntless training isand that they do it well. There was no desperation to survive thetraining like there was in the book. You saw the rankings change, butthe intensity in the fights and the will to survive was never built up.

    Members of the family have the choice to visit on visiting day. Thisscene was replaced with Tris' mother sneaking into the Dauntlesscompound to be updated about her progress in the Dauntless training.She warns her about doing too well and asks her to remain in the middleof the pack. It's not revealed that the mom isn't going to visit Caleb,nor does she ask Tris to visit Caleb and ask him to find out what's inthe serum. Instead, Tris on a whim visits Caleb.

    The movie was way too focused on the romance of Tris and Four. Foursoftens up to Tris way too easily. He's supposed to be edgy andguarded. Details about Four were supposed to be revealed in his fearlandscape. Four seems unfazed by his fear landscape. This scene is socritical in the book, it's the first time we are supposed to see howvulnerable Four really is. Four never tells Tris to call him Tobias. InTris' fear landscape, she sacrifices herself for her family. In themovie, she faces her family and the gun is aimed at them.

    I can't even talk about the ending. It was completely changed. I mighthave appreciated the ending if I hadn't read the books. There wereelements of the ending I quite enjoyed, but it's still very rushed. Iunderstand that they needed to end the movie with no cliffhanger, butmy sister who had not read the books still had questions about theending.

    Overall, I rate the movie as a C+. Other discrepancies include Tristaking credit with Christina after the win in the Capture the Flagscene, Will dying at the same scene as the mother (rather than in theDauntless compound), Tris not showing her displeasure with Four andyelling at him, as well as Peter not begging for his life to beincluded with Tris, her dad, Caleb and Marcus. As well the initiate whojumps from the train and falls to her death, Al's crush on Tris, Fourgetting drunk, and overall many scenes that never showed the struggleof being that character. Near the end when the dad, Caleb, Marcus &Tris have to catch the train to the Dauntless compound, there's nostruggle from any of the characters jumping on or off the train. Dadand the others jump like they have done it a million times and Calebnever complains. When they jump into the netting below, Tris asks eachof them, 'you good?' 'you good?' There was a lot of odd phrases thatTris never used.

    There were quite a few memorable scenes including the aptitude test,the fear landscapes, the simulations, the tense moments Tris and Fourhad that were very true to the book including the capture the flagscene, as well as the zip lining experience. 

  4. Andrew Williamson (a.williamson217@yahoo.ca)
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    I've never read the books, so i don't know how it compares to the movieyet, but here's my opinion: I think that it was too easy for the maincharacters. There was very little conflict, and not too many obstaclesfor the main characters to overcome. For instance; Tris is told thatshe's kicked out of the Dauntless group, yet 5 minutes later shefollows the group and the very same person who kicks her out hasnothing against it. Also, the 'limitless ammo', 'bad-shot bad guys' and'one shot death' clichés just make the movie a whole lot worse. Also,there's no real explanation to anything. I don't know if they explainthe Divergents' invulnerability to the serums and tests in the books,but all of that was completely unclear to me during the film. I have tosay, at the end of the day, 5 might be a little bit nice on thecritiquing chart, but i think it's appropriate for the amount of moneyand work put into the film.

  5. aharmas from United States
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    Rowlings and a few other people should feel quite happy there areothers who see them as source of inspiration. It's sad those peopledidn't find any other sources for talent and excitement: two elementssorely missing from this long, tedious, and quite unoriginal waste oftime and money. I could only come up with two stars, and those who goto supporting turns by two actresses who could probably just stand infront of the camera and give award winning turns. Unfortunately,neither of them is the leading actress, and that's where this moviestarts going downhill.

    I was desperately longing for the wastelands of "12 Monkeys" and itsnuclear winter look, even with Gilliam's propensity to make everythinglook a bit dirty, it would have been an improvement for this illogicalrecreation of a dystopia where apparently the only thing working is atrain that serves only for the kicks of one of the factions and playsan unexplainable plot twist at the end…? Also, the Amish in "Witness"would be up in arms at the rather boring and illogical tribute to theirlifestyle. If we continue, Hogwarts and that sorting hat are probablyimploding by the listless and unexciting and most boring use of a knifein a movie scene. Yet, the biggest insult could probably be thehorrible delivery of a heroine that appears to have no essence,charisma, an imminent short fuse, and the possibility of developinginto a future leader of a rising rebellion… Lawrence should begrateful she ended up in that much better trilogy. I was missing theentire talent of "Twilight" who had at least a sense of style and muchbetter backgrounds for a setting.

    In brief, confused teen discovers she doesn't fit into any of thefactions that compose her society. She lives in a world whereeverything works, and no one seems to complain. Oh yes, they haverumors (scary). Later on, she goes through something that makes youyearn for "G.I. Jane" and gives you a chance for an extended bathroombreak. Finally, when we get into the romantic part of the film, sparksfail to appear, though both leads are quite attractive but have none ofthe magnetism of Lawrence and either one of her possible boyfriends.

    To make things even worse, the tribute to "Inception" goes awry as weare misled into thinking it's not over, either by the poor direction orthe bad script, or the original source. At this point we're not caringanymore and think everything is a waste of money and time when the twosupporting ladies make a last minute dash to save the film, and thoughJudd is incandescent as the surprisingly resourceful two-sidedresistance fighter, and Winslett give you a serious case of frostbitewith her cynical, practical, and quite erudite character, it's too latebecause they are supporting a non-entity. There's very little fire inBeatrice. It's just not there, and her partner, though good enough tolook the part, is not even close to what the supporting male actors canproject. I loved the disdain and envy of the competitors for admissioninto the daredevil sect. Theo is hard to read as either a character oran actor, and it might not be his fault because he's not a badperformer, but he has a thankless role and some really silly dialog.

    Oh, it's not over yet. Apparently the lake has dried up, but theweather looks just fine, and why is everyone o.k. with the people whohave no association whatsoever to the factions? Technology is an issuehere, as we see no changes in either computers, the development oftransportation or the design of living quarters. It's all so haphazardthat I can't believe the book ever got published or the movie foundanything remotely close to good production values. I did find part ofthe score semi-interesting, but as it is the case in most of the film.It died before it was even born.

    Mercifully, we will have this to be the beginning and the end of amisbegotten attempt to cash into the latest fad. I'm looking forward tothe imagination and drive of the forces of all those other districts inthe "Hunger" series. That makes me hungry for action, desperate forquality acting, impatient for a good director who can give me anintelligent, futuristic, and well-realized adaptation that evokesSpielberg, Hitchcock, and some of the most talented directors inhistory. The two installments of "Games" explode with possibilities.Lawrence's dissatisfaction and desperation, Sutherland's ruthless needto remain in power, Hoffman's duplicitous mastermind, and few upcomingstars providing at least a vibrant sense of competition in a twistedseries of challenges where the contestants' lives are on the line. Wecare, we fear, we admire their prowess and resourcefulness. Here I washoping a nuclear bomb would come down and put all the factions out oftheir misery. In fact, a sixth faction was evolving throughout thefilm: the bored ones, those of in the audience who were looking forentertainment and still had hope we could rely on future installmentsof a "new" trilogy. A few years ago, a much better series with Kidmanand Daniel Craig was not given a chance, though it had a veryinteresting premise. Wait! Did they pay tribute to that one, too? Iwouldn't be surprised.

    So far 2014 is proving to be the antithesis of 2013, a year that gavemuch to cheer. Now, we just keep hoping that our spirits are given achance to soar again, and after this mire… well, we can only dream.

  6. Harry T. Yung (harry_tk_yung@yahoo.com) from Hong Kong
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    The opening scene shows a familiar post-apocalyptic city labeled asChicago, inviting the audience's expectation of Mad-Max-ish fodder. Butsomething does not look quite right – the city is not in completerabbles, but instead has more than half of the skyscrapers still ingood conditions. Then we see people, crowds we expect to see in anormal big city, carrying on with life in orderly, civilized manner.This is made possible, as we are told, because of the wall, whichimmediately reminds me of "Warm Bodies" (2013) in which a similar wall(in nature if not in grandeur) keeps out zombies. What THIS wall keepsout is unknown, even at the end of the movie (at least to those whohave not read the books), setting up the scene for future installments.

    Inside the city we have an orderly post-war world where human beingsare divided into 5 factions living in harmony, at least superficially:Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligent), Dauntless (brave), Amity(kind) and Candor (honest). At coming-of-age, protagonist Tris(Shailene Woodley), originally from Abnegation, goes through themandatory character test which helps (but not dictates) which factionto choose. Following the motto "faction before blood", once the choiceis made, the individual leaves family behind, unless it happens to bein the same faction as chosen.

    The complication in Tris's case is that the test is inconclusive,marking her as a "Divergent", a rare non-conformist considered a dangerto the entire community, usually hunted down and exterminated. Thekind-hearted test administrator (Maggie Q) suppresses the damningrevelation, rendering it possible for Tris to exercise her choice justlike everybody else. She opts for Dauntless, leaving her model familyof loving parents and brother (who similarly chooses Erudite).

    The longest sequence of the movie, Tris's painful (in more ways thanone) training and ultimate acceptance into Dauntless, is predictabilityinstitutionalized. That is not to say that it is not competentlyrendered, but just reflects my summary line. Most important, she meetsFour (yes, his name and I don't know if there is any connection toNumber Four in "I am Number Four") (Theo James) the good guy in thepair of good-trainer-bad-trainer, with predictable developments.

    At 139 minutes, this movie is too long. The two leads are competent,action-adequate and very good to look at. You can't help but wish,however, that Woodley has more material to work with, remembering herGolden Globe nominated role as George Clooney's character's daughter.Two stellar supports, Ashley Judd playing Tris's mother and KateWinslet playing the ambitious Erudite leader, are welcomed additionsbut their roles are somewhat lacking in dimensions.

    I note that just like the various YA adapted movies before it,"Divergent" sequel installments are already in pre-production. AlthoughI won't be exactly holding my breath to discover what the wall tries tokeep out, I'll probably watch them, if only because they are not in 3D(hopefully).

  7. friendofurr from Canada
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    Divergent is a sci fi/fantasy type movie that is set in a futuristicdystopic society where all the population of the world is divided intofive factions that each represent different virtues. Teens who reachthe requisite age have to decide if they want to stay in their givenfaction or switch to another, new faction, and either way that will betheir faction for the rest of their lives.

    Beatrice (Tris) Prior and her fellow faction members have to livethrough various challenges in a highly competitive and dangerousinitiation process to get the permission to live out the choice theyhave made. These tests include extreme physical and intensepsychological challenges which affect them all profoundly.

    Beatrice's deadly secret is that she is "divergent", meaning she doesnot fit into any one particular faction alone. If the wrong people findout this terrible secret she will be sentenced to death immediately. Asshe discovers a growing conspiracy that threatens to unravel the entireworld, this secret might come in handy to help her save the people sheloves, or on the other hand it could destroy the entire world.

  8. greedydrunk from Canada
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    First I want to say I have no problem with a female protagonist, therehave been quite a few movies like that lately and I have watched andenjoyed several. I do though notice how willingly the book/moviewriters deviate from strong women characters to "isn't it great to havea boyfriend" characters. I assume this is for the younger audience whohaven't had their idealism beaten down by the actual dating world.

    So lets get to the good and bad points of this movie:

    – The relationship pacing in this movie was good.

    – The faction idea is awful, people in factions grow to distrust otherfactions, its human nature (think of how countries distrust each other,religions and even different high schools in the same city or cliquesin the same high school).

    – The idea of the factionless is awful, so now you have a group yourare actively oppressing, yup that wont cause problems.

    – So they don't allow divergence but they don't check for it until youare a certain age and then they just kill you? And no one seems to havea problem with that?

    – Dauntless are taught to be brave though taking huge risks andpossibly suffering death and are constantly chastised for either beinga coward or too reckless, which one is it? Think of the knife throwingscene or the zip line scene or the initial jump into darkness.

    – Reckless soldiers are bad soldiers, think of the armed forces in yourcountry, they are nothing like these guys yet they are tasked with thesame job.

    – They seem to have a few types of guns, most of them silly looking butthey don't have any other type of weapons which I thought was odd.

    – I assume the factionless can have children, can they join a faction?If not then they are going to start multiplying. The dauntless aregoing to really cause a problem here by throwing out semi trained youngmen and women who can reproduce and have military training.

    – Why does that train seem to be wherever they need it to be? and doesanyone else besides Dauntless ride it?

    – "Why does everyone keep saying that to me?" BANG! I laughed at that.

    – Chances are that people in different factions are going to fall inlove with each other, they seem to be in close proximity enough forthat to happen, how is that dealt with? What if a baby comes of that?

    – Mind control drug works on the soldiers for hours yet works on theold lady for like 5 minutes just so they can have a scene where sherealizes what she has done. Also who wouldn't have backups?

    – I might have missed this but where are your skilled labourers fallingunder? Like your electricians or computer engineers etc.

    – What purpose is there for having all that mind control drug in thecontrol center?

    – Son meets father that beat him which results in half a second ofawkwardness then its over.

    – Tris wants to take it slow which I think is a good message foryounger women, I didn't realize from the movie alone that this was onlybecause she has intimacy problems.

    – Faction over blood: NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN, can you imagine sidingwith the people you picked carrots with over your family?

    – Four turns down a promotion to leadership twice but appears to havethe same job as Eric in leadership any ways.

    – There is a relationship between Tris and the Old lady where she seemsto think that Tris is special, Tris does get a lot more attention thananyone else does from this woman yet that comes to nothing.

    Seriously I could go on and on and on but these things killed myability to suspend disbelief like I was able to do for Hunger games,and when you cant suspend disbelief those two and a half hours thatthis movie is really really drags on (sort of like this review).

  9. MrILoveTheAnts from United States
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    "Die A Virgin" is the story of a girl trying to find her place in theworld. But the factions want her dead for some reason or other, I thinkit's because she's can lucid dream while doing acid. It's not very wellexplained.

    For $80,000+ million dollars this movie actually looks really good.It's a nice semi-original looking world, like a mix of "I Am Legend,"with "Aeon Flux." All of the exterior shots were great, but interiorsreally needed some work. I don't think they could afford chairs orfeature really. There's a lot of people in mono-colored rooms allwearing the same colored cloths. All the guns, whether they're thetraining guns, the real guns, or the future guns, all make the samefake zappy sound effect that make people just want to lay on the groundregardless of where they got shot. This removes the emotional impact tothe audience has when someone actually gets shot so when people dieit's like nothing happened at all. Actually the lead girl gets shot inthe leg in one scene and is up and about running in the next. The handto hand combat is nice but then there are these flat shootouts wherepeople are just hiding behind cover, shooting at one another. Theseshootouts lack the creativity of a good action movie.

    Her parents are throw away characters who show up for these bland shootouts and …

    *** Spoilers *** … die almost immediately. Shailene Woodley is adecent lead and does a good job of acting when her mother dies, butbecause this is just a women that might as well just have a name tagthat says "MOM" on it, I just didn't care. They needed a tender momentor two to establish what this women actually meant to Tris, a littlething she did as a child, or something with her hair, a saying orsomething that becomes her last words, Something! She has a tattoo Ithink so that's something but not exactly the same as being the womenwho put a flower in her hair when she was young. It doesn't help thatshe's wearing gray for the entire movie either! They're just blandcharacters that get shot and I really think it's just to spice up theseshootouts? So the end of the movie happens and they kill all the peoplein the room except for Kate Winslet's character. And they forget tokill her on the way out, I'm guessing because they need to make twosqueals out of this piece of crap. This is the women who basicallystarted a war and orchestrated the mass genocide of Tris's family andfaction. I really wished this movie had the balls to have Tris grab herby the hair, drag her out into the street, and effing execute her forher crimes against humanity… but nope, we have to complete this lackluster 90 minute love story between Tris and Four. She has to saythings like "Both my parents died today," apparently without any tearscoming out of her eyes either! They have to flee the city on this runaway train no one seems to be driving for some reason or other too.

  10. Mek Torres from Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
    24 Mar 2014, 5:00 am

    Divergent has recently been called the next big thing. People areexpecting this series to match with Harry Potter and mostly The HungerGames. It could be just another one of those dystopian future talesthat revolts against a tyrannical government, but the concept sounds alittle transcendent that can somehow relate to the young adult readers.But the story itself is lacking a definite center, forcing the actionto come out when it needed to without any slow burn at the tickingbomb. It's almost like any of the genre's generic films: expositionover substance. Though the exposition here is at least more than greatvisuals, it manages to make it all exciting despite that it generallyisn't. Divergent is competent in filmmaking, but mediocre on themes.

    The films has a decent way to introduce the world and it truly isintriguing to explore the surfaces. It's so intriguing, the actualstorytelling ends up being contrived without any growth. The threatjust suddenly distracts the nearly endless exposition, but what reallysuffers is the subtext. The film doesn't seem to be interested insnagging its thematic potential, all what this narrative is capable ofis innovating. This is a common problem to the YA genre, apparently,and the momentum and conflict once again just pops up out of nowhere.

    This underwhelming storytelling is thankfully carried by a morefascinating and delicious vision. Neil Burger creates it intolarger-than-life, and they are much entertaining than what the scripttries to deliver. Everything just moves briskly and makes sure that itdoesn't miss a satisfying thrill. The coolest scenes are proof thatthese filmmakers have big ambition to the project and yet the narrativefails to justify it. The cast has also done well. Shailene Woodley andTheo James are competent enough as the heroes, and Kate Winsletsomewhat elevated her villainous character.

    Divergent could be like one of those vapid YA's such as BeautifulCreatures, Mortal Instruments, or whatever. Except this one is probablythe best among since it has a craft that at least made it watchable.But then the meat is not well defined. It's frustrating because theideas are just right there on display and you don't know where thepotentials have gone. The bright side is there are more cool sequences,like the zipline ride and the wannabe parkour from a train (with theWoodkid soundtrack), than mouth sucking subplots that the genre hasbeen iterated in years, we could use more of that. But there are biggerthings to complain here, there really seems to be something far morecompelling beneath the concept. So for now, we at least get a moviethat has better focus to intrigue our imaginations and not teenagehormones.

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