Summary: Smart, tough and a little bit cool, this is an intriguing opening rather than a slam-dunk in its own right, but the cast — and especially Woodley — make it sufficiently diverting to merit a place in the action franchise ranks.
Excerpt: Set sometime in the future in a world devastated by war, a group of human survivors has fortified the city of Chicago as their home base, and in order to keep the peace, they have separated the populace into five distinct groups based upon their personality traits.
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 !