Divergent follows a story in a dystopian future, where basically the world is wiped out because of some war. Everyone is divided into five factions based on their personalities. Erudite (intelligent), Amity (peaceful), Candor (the honest), Abnegation (selfless), and the cool people who run around doing cool things DAUNTLESS (the brave). Oh and yes, the factionless which are people who don't belong and basically represent the homeless people. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley), is a 16 year old girl who is in the abnegation faction and as every other 16 year old she has to take a test to be placed in the faction that you belong in. This test is suppose to tell you what one you belong in and every year the 16 year olds have a ceremony that they get to go up and choose what faction they want to be in. Well, Beatrice's test results were inconclusive because she could belong in any faction making her Divergent. This stirs lots of trouble for her in the film because she chooses a different faction, the dauntless and she is the only one who can fight the rebellion. You can read the plot summary right here on wikipedia... I don't want to go into all of it.
1. This film makes me think so much for many reasons. When you are in high school, college, the work place etc you have to choose what group you want to belong too. That is a really tough thing to do. Imagine a 16 year old girl having to pick what social group she wants to be in for the rest of her life? That is nuts!
2. The style of how the film is presented, shot, edited and so on is very similar to any blockbuster teen novel adaptation in the last 15 years; Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games etc. So, if this movie were to come out 8 years ago, it would have gotten stellar reviews and would not have been so highly compared to The Hunger Games. You cannot compare Hunger Games to this movie or story. Hunger Games is so damn unrealistic, where every year people select 2 people from every district and they fight and kill each other to survive. That is unrealistic that will never happen in real life!
3. When you think about how this society works in the film and compare it to real history, you can see that stuff very similar has happend before! Really? Why do you say that, Zos? Remember those concentration camps in world war 2? Hitler separated people, grouped them and said you arent allowed to talk to anyone else outside of your group and you can only do this job until told otherwise. When I visited Dachau in Munich, I learned that each of those designated groups would have a job to do every day just like how in the movie each faction had their job to keep peace in society. Then we all know that he would move those groups around and kill them through various ways of Nazi torture and punishment. Remember the French revolution? There were 3 groups; clergy, monarchy and everyone else. Two percent ruled 98%. This was a time during the Enlightenment, where people who didn't know any better were starting to think otherwise about how society should be formed and ruled and etc. Anyway, some guy named Maximellian Robspierre, someone who was divergent and believed that you could change the way society worked and how people were ruled, lead the French Revolution and the down fall of Louis the 16th. If you think about it, then maybe we already live in a society like Divergent. There is upper class, middle class, lower class and people who live in poverty. People get taxed differently based on their class that they fall into. When you apply for a job or fill out any information they always ask you what race you are. People always refer to different groups of people based on where they come from, the color of their skin or what they believe in.
The movie basically revolves around her being trained to become Dauntless. Which I really liked because it showed so much character progression. She went from average soft spoken, unconfident, never say a word about nothing kind of girl to this fierce mighty leader. It was no easy task for her I'd have to say. Shailene Woodley was by far the best part of this film. Because the acting is very mediocre compared to how great the story is. But that happens sometimes in cinema. You can have the best story in the world and okay actors and the movie can still be great! I really think that is one of the other factors why that the movie got terrible reviews. Shailene Woodley knows how to play this character type very well. In fact I have been following her career for many years and the moment I saw her I knew she was going to have a good career. The fact that the character becomes more and more efficient in the story makes her more powerful. She starts to be more confident and bad ass which makes her really appealing to most men. People love boot camp stuff and watching people train because it makes you wanna get up and do 1000 push ups and run a marathon! A lot of people like the character type that she plays in the movie of a normal girl that is just ... well normal but she has guts! We need guts!
LETS LOOK AT A SCENE
Four has a pretty bad ass tattoo of all of the factions. Now this is like something that could get him into a lot of trouble because you are suppose to only represent who you are and not others. Not gonna, lie i wish I had a tattoo like this representing who I was. But this tattoo also kind of made me wonder how dangerous that was. Having a tattoo like this could have gotten him killed! This is like growing up in Soviet Union and tatooing a American flag on your chest! But, now that I think about it, this is real in real life too. People wear what they believe on their sleeves despite of what the government and society says.
So if you are divergent and can relate to multiple things and people, please don't be afraid to express it!
If you feel better to associate yourself with a group, then good for you, you found a place and just remember you are just as important as anyone else in your affiliation!
But, there is nothing wrong with being divergent and a lot of people fail to realize it. It may be hard, but remember we all can be more than one thing.
Dare to be different.