Excerpt: Summit Entertainment seems to have cornered the market on teen novel adaptations with its successful Twilight and Hunger Games franchises, and it looks like they have another hit on their hands.
Conclusion: You have to suspend disbelief quite a bit to embrace the dystopic Chicago that Veronica Roth erected for Divergent , from the socio-political conceits to the technology employed, but there's a thematically rich yarn being spun in Beatrice Prior's journey of self-discovery through the Dauntless...
Conclusion: Overflowing with — mostly nonsensical — ideas about autonomy and free will while imagining itself as a dystopic sci-fi epic about a controlled society, 'Divergent' inundates the audience with promises of something better and exciting which it can't deliver.
Conclusion: Divergent bears too much resemblance too soon to be judged without comparison to The Hunger Games . This post-apocalyptic franchise-launcher pales to the Jennifer Lawrence series in seemingly every way, its more preposterous totalitarian setting used for unengaging action and mushy romance.
Conclusion: Hey, Tris herself almost gets thrown out of Dauntless at one point, so even those who don't start particularly strong can finish with a flourish, so the writing isn't totally on the wall for this franchise yet, and indeed the story will probably be fully told only when the second film is released.
Excerpt: What happens when you capitalize on the success of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games , throw in a bit of the still wildly-popular Harry Potter franchise and add a dash of originality? Evidently you get Divergent !