Critic Consensus: With an adherence to YA formula that undercuts its individualistic message, Divergent opens its planned trilogy in disappointingly predictable fashion.
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Critic Reviews for Divergent
It's all pretty dumb, and it marks a career low for director Neil Burger, who's made some first-class indie dramas from his own scripts.
The first film adapted from Veronica Roth's generically dystopian book series arrives with a sludgy, gray-hued plop.
The climactic chases, shootouts, and fistfights have been staged, filmed, and edited with insobriety. Visual clarity shouldn't be too much to ask from these movies, even if they fail to achieve ideological coherence.
Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together.
Audience Reviews for Divergent
Not bad for YA rehash.
Certainly better than I expected. While the plot can be a bit formulaic and stretched out, this YA novel adaptation slightly rises above with it's intriguing premise (with hints of philosophical intrigue that I hope will get explored more in the two sequels), a solid cast (Shailene Woodley gives a compelling turn as Tris, the film's action heroine), and well-directed action sequences.
Neil Burger's Divergent diverges from greatness. Running for a 130 minutes, the story never finds a consistent pace; taking much too long to develop and rushing with its ending. By employing the lengthy buildup, the film manages to drop interest by the time it begins to pick up for its finale. There isn't much action, it isn't much of an a adventure, and the special effects are used sparingly. Nothing noteworthy stands out in this department. The characters are bland along with much of the performances. Shailene Woodley is difficult to take serious with her role, although the lack of action makes it more reasonable. Theo James is as monotone as his character's name. Four. Divergent does enough to get by, but not enough to be a recommendation.
|Tris Prior:||I Don't want to go too Fast.|
|Tris Prior:||I don't want to go too fast.|
|Four:||It's okay, I already have my spot on the floor.|
|Caleb:||Beatrice...I think you should go.|
|Tris Prior:||Faction before blood...yeah? Got it.|
|Four:||As a Dauntless soldier you have to follow orders you don't always agree with...|
|Tris Prior:||Who is she?|
|Four:||She's an innocent... and I have to kill her. But I can never do it... unless I look away.|
|Tris Prior:||Because you're so approachable|