In a dystopian future where society is divided into five factions that each strive to live up to a particular virtue, a girl struggles to find where she fits, and discovers that there is more happening beneath the orderly surface of her world than she ever imagined. I originally saw this movie before I read the book, and enjoyed it just as much as I eventually enjoyed the book (and as a side note, I thought the soundtrack was great too). While dystopian novels are generally not my favorite genre, I found that this series really appeals to me in a way that The Giver and The Hunger Games somehow never did.
A total garbage "Romeo & Juliet" story where I couldn't give a tinker's cuss about what happened to the likes of these two revolting twits.
I liked this movie better than the hunger games. It's similar in some ways but yet so different and I was glad for that. It was actually better than I was expecting. I really like the characters. The plot is good and very believable. It's something that could happen and it is so true about human nature. The way that we handle things and try to control everything. When something is not known or understood destroy it.
Not quite the hunger games, but it is still a good story with a strong female lead.
tris was not a strong main character. plus the whole idea of factions where everyone was supposed to be just 1 kind of personality seemed silly since EVERYONE in the movie was obviously displaying attributes of several factions at once. the action was good, though. theo was great.
I loved the movie but the book was better because you can know what the character is feeling on the inside and their thoughts.
I love watching the divergent series. out of the other to I think I like the first movie. with the maze runner and the hunger games better. :)
I thought this was a very good adaptation of an excellent book. As with any movie adaptation, some details got lost, but the overall "soul" of the story was maintained. I suspect this was in part because of the author's involvement in production.
I watched the movie with my husband who has not read the book and who doesn't have much interest in the genre (though he enjoyed the Hunger Games movie and did go on to read those books). He had to ask me a couple of questions early on about what was going on with the factions but otherwise seemed to enjoy the movie. Afterward, he said it was a good movie with lots of action (which is high praise from someone who doesn't generally bother to comment on such things).
I read the book and watched the movie and lost interest half way through both of them. Maze Runner and Hunger Games are better alternatives.
Adaptations for the screen will always betray valuable parts in the actual novel so if you decide to watch film adaptations, prepare yourself and understand that it is the Hollywood way. So now to rate the Hollywood way: I was very impressed with the casting. For example, Theo James with his performance personified Tobias (FOUR) and Woodley was also very convincing in her role as TRIS. They also worked well together..not overly dramatic and soapy, but a good ying and yang. Well done on that Hollywood! I relished the performances of the actors and was grateful that this adaption managed to cast the depth of the characters from the book. The film moved at a great pace and left the audience wanting more, which is the overall point.
One more thing: Theo James for James bond please.
This was a very good film. One that would watch again. Makes me interested in the other movies made from the books in this series and in the books themselves. Very well done.
The thing about movie adaptations is that they're always so different from the book. Sometimes it's in a better way, usually it's in all the bad ways. Divergent was the former. I wasn't exactly happy with some of the changes, but I did thoroughly enjoy the casting and most of the scenes that did make it into the movie were my favourite and I wasn't disappointed. The entire film was action-packed and I found myself laughing, internally screaming, and getting tears in my eyes just as I did when I originally read the book. It was very interesting and I recommend it to anyone who has or hasn't read the book.
- @PageTurner of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This movie is one of my all time favorite movies! It truly is a spitting image of what the book was and really captures the fine literary work of Veronica Roth. I can definitely say that the casting was done to perfection and the actors played their roles magnificently! I loved Shailene Woodley in this movie and it did help the fact that she co-starred with Theo James!! These two actors truly made the movie come alive as they fully embraced their characters as, Tris and Four (AKA Tobias). I would highly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone! This movie is suitable for anyone seeking an adventure movie that is mixed with a little romance. Although, being the avid reader that I am, I would suggest that you read the book first. It will help to ensure that you follow the story line. Personally I found that it was easier because Peter, Will, and Al all look the same and have similar characteristics, but it was easier for me to distinguish due to knowing their personalities from the book! Hope you enjoy the movie!!!
- @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Um. No. This was NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE BOOK! I say no to getting it out. I watched it, Because I like Divergent.
I won't give it a 1 star, Because It still had the point, Not a two start because it still had all the things needed, Not a 4 star because they missed out on the scenes. 3/5
This movie was pretty good. I enjoyed it. I have not read the series but the movie was great!
When we finally got around to playing the dvd, it would not play. I tried my regular blu ray player as well as my computer. The system shows it to be a data file. I am told it is possibly a bad copy. Don't know and will return to the library tomorrow disappointed.