Divergent, with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney & Ray Stevenson. Director, Neil Burger. I almost didn’t attend this film, as the trailer didn’t do it justice. Showing a film that seemed to be all about a little drama, but no pizazz. It’s a very effective sci-fi movie, with loads of action & daring do.
Woodley, sort of an up & coming Jennifer Lawrence, seems in her element as a young woman who needs to choose which caste with which to belong, in a post-apocalyptic world where people live within a ruined city surrounded by an enormous wall to keep the unsaid out. Her character is a bit shallow at first, but this builds as the story unfolds. Well written & tidy. She is able to pull off a good rendition of perseverance & agility. She does have potential but would have been nothing without her fellow actors.
The film, evidently the first of a trilogy, is a bit lacking in detail & explanation of things that actually do need explaining. While there is nothing wrong with letting an audience fill in their own details, science fiction often needs a bit of help with concepts & environments. It’s the future. Some things need to be pointed out. I won’t spoil it by listing what needs to be defined.
Perhaps, the two stars with some standout quality are Courtney & James. Courtney, for successfully playing a character you want to assault. James, because his performance hints at professional, dramatic talent. I’m sure the women in the theater- a majority, I might add – would have noted James handsome visage; rather than focusing on obvious ability.
All in all, the film was able to bring more than a bit of emotion out of me, on more than one occasion. On a bad day, that’s a great accomplishment. I do recommend it for viewing & definitely look forward to subsequent chapters, explaining the unexplained, hinted at above.