Divergent Friday, 03 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Fear less.

  • Starring:

    Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Kate Winslet

  • Directed by:

    Neil Burger

  • Running time:

    139 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People get shot, drugged, punched, hit, elbowed, smacked, thrown, kicked, pushed from a high ledge, attacked by animals, stuck in quicksand, near-drowned, mobbed, hit with objects, bound, slapped, stabbed, near-choked, held/threatened at gunpoint/knife-point, slashed (knife). A youth commits suicide, people are herded into trains. Weapons, combat training. Shootout, shattered glass, burning undergrowth, home invasions. War mentioned, domestic violence (father beating son) implied. Blood/gore: Corpses. Youths slice their hands with a knife. Dripping blood, bloody knuckles, bloody noses, bloody ear, bruising, scars. Object protruding from skin. Needles injected into necks (frequent).


    A man forces himself on a teen girl. Kissing, caressing, hand-holding. Shirtless men, girl in bra. Skimpy clothing, cleavage.


    People are drugged. Unknown serums consumed, injected.


    A-word, b*tch. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.


    Class sorting, choice, factions, outliers, testing, dystopian future, war, train-hopping, free will, tattooing, acrophobia, flying fox, bravery, fears, secrets, conformity, suicide, claustrophobia, hallucination, mind control, betrayal, family.


    Parents killed. Tattooing scene. Dogs, flock of birds. Slab of raw meat. Hamburger eaten. Some sweeping, high aerial cinematography. Based on Veronica Roth's bestselling novel.


    Intriguing, unpleasant, diverting. Excellent chemistry between leads, perfect casting, brutal violence, solid performances, good pacing, impressive CGI, rousing score, lean first half, artfully captures essence of the novel, don't need to have read the novel to enjoy.


    Overlong, overwrought, uneven, convoluted, over-plotted, weak, formulaic, dumb, bland, unimaginative, clunky, grim, derivative. Familiar/ridiculous premise, countless plot-holes, under-developed world, excessive voice-over, lackluster direction, dramatically flat, stultifying script, too intent on setting up for sequels, drawn-out second half, lazy/loose/weak storytelling, unconvincing setting.

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