Set in a dystopian near-future, Divergent appears to be yet another recent adaptation of a popular novel series (ala The Hunger Games or Ender’s Game), primarily aimed at the young female adult market. However, upon viewing it becomes apparent the movie elevates itself above its contemporaries, by having a lot to say about the world it lives in and even the environment in which we exist today.

In a society divided by factions, Beatrice (portrayed by Shailene Woodley) must decide the career path she wishes to take, despite the increasing pressures from her parents, peers and other external forces. The film is highlighted with superb performances from its young cast, in which Theo James must be praised especially. Greatly supported by industry veterans – Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson and Maggie Q; much credit must go to casting.

An exciting and always interesting ride, the movie delivers much shock and violence, all the while taking a mature approach to the complex story developing on screen. Special mention also to the wonderful music score by Junkie XL, he’s improving all the time and with 300: Rise Of An Empire is having a wonderful year.

I will just finish up by stating that the film may not appeal to everyone, yet it certainly delivers something different (and better) than expected. One of the best movies of 2014.

Score: 8 out of 10.


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