Director:Neil BurgerWriters:Evan Daugherty, Vanessa TaylorStudios:Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate, Red Wagon EntertainmentCast:Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Kate WinsletRelease Date (UK):4 April 2014Certificate: 12ARuntime:139 min
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: in a future dystopia ruled by a twisted totalitarian government, one resilient teenage girl finds herself plunged into life-threatening danger; with the odds stacked against her, she soon becomes a symbol of resistance and bravely rises up against society’s cruel oppressors. For a film which so fervently promotes individualism over conformism, and for a film called flippin’ “Divergent,” it’s ironic how slavishly — and hypocritically — Neil Burger’s teen-oriented sci-fi blockbuster complies with proven Hollywood formula. The latest in a long line of big-screen YA adaptations, “Divergent” is, let’s be honest, filling the gap between the previous and upcoming “Hunger Games” movies, which would be fine if Burger had given the film a voice all for itself — as he hasn’t, it comes across as little more than a cheapo clone of the Suzanne Collins-adapted movie series. (CONTINUE READING)
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