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Movie Review: Divergent - Ladue News: Arts & Entertainment

Movie Review: Divergent

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:00 pm

And coming up next in the seemingly endless line of young adult fiction that tackles the insurmountable and painfully obvious problem of 'fitting in' (wrapped in one blanket metaphor or another), we have Divergent. The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, Twilight, X-Men, The Host...the $2-dollar word here is dystopian. In a dark future or parallel world, an unlikely hero takes on the system…

In this instance, we have Tris (Shalene Woodley), a girl who doesn’t fit into the preordained categories of humans in this dystopian (told you) future Earth. When she is targeted for elimination because she is labeled divergent, she finds help from another divergent named Four (Theo James). Tris teams with Four (it’s interesting how good fitting in feels, after all) to fight the system for their survival.

Clearly I am not the target audience here: They obviously are shooting for viewers too young to remember that this is the 57th version of this story and the third in the last 12 months. It’s strange to watch a movie that conveys its message of individuality by being just like every other film in the genre. It’s not bad, I just can’t invest…again. It’s a 6.

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