“Divergent,” based on the series of books written by Veronica Roth , is the latest book-to-film adaptation of a wildly popular teen saga.
The film is set in dystopian Chicago where the people are split into factions established by human virtues: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless. Tris Prior, played by Shailene Woodley , is the latest fearless young heroine to reach the big screen.
At 16, Tris is sent to take an Aptitude test, which will tell her if she stays in Abnegation or if she should move into another faction. However, her results tell she will never fit into one group. She decides on Dauntless, where she is allowed to be fearless and free for the first time in her life. During her transition into Dauntless, she must learn to trust her mentor Four, played by Theo James , in order to uncover a plot to take down all Divergents.
“Divergent” is a thrilling adaptation of Roth’s novel. By following Tris’ struggles to fit in one faction and discover her true identity, Tris is a wholly relatable heroine. Her reactions are rooted in basic human instinct and the film never allows Tris to become too weak or dark.
The rest of the supporting cast, including Kate Winslet , Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller , ease into their roles and are never overdone. It’s clear that the remaining films will explore their character’s complexities.
“Divergent” is a faithful adaptation that is bold in its premise and is entertaining and suspenseful until the end.