Neil Burger (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Teens who inhabit a ruined, post-apocalyptic Chicago are tested to determine their personalities before being separated into warring factions in this respectable Hunger Games clone based on Veronica Roth's bestselling trilogy. Shailene Woodley plays Tris, a so-called Divergent, who doesn't fit into any one group and is therefore seen as a danger to society. She doesn't mesh with the fearless "Dauntless" faction because she's too conflicted, but that makes her a threat to the budding fascist "Erudite" brigade, led by a subtly sinister Kate Winslet, who are looking for Divergents. Information overload afflicts this first episode, before becoming a moralistic slog through Tris's brutal initiation trials, and a romantic subplot (involving Theo James) doesn't add much intrigue. The visuals are rather drab and the action more brisk than imaginative, but there's enough menace and suspense to create an entertaining diversion, and director Neil Burger (Limitless) delivers a rousing finale.



Cast & Crew

Beatrice "Tris" Prior Shailene Woodley
Jeanine Matthews Kate Winslet
Four Theo James
Natalie Prior Ashley Judd
Andrew Prior Tony Goldwyn
Caleb Prior Ansel Elgort
Marcus Eaton Ray Stevenson
Peter Miles Teller
Christina Zoë Kravitz
AI Christian Madsen
Max Mekhi Phifer
Tori Maggie Q
Director Neil Burger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Some violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Apr 2014