Neil Burger (2014)

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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.


A teenager grows up in a strictly ordered future society where people's lives are decided according to personality types. She discovers she does not fit into any of the existing categories, and must fight against a conspiracy to wipe out all those like her. Sci-fi adventure based on the book series by Veronica Roth, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet.

Cast & Crew

Tris Prior Shailene Woodley
Jeanine Kate Winslet
Four Theo James
Tori Maggie Q
Natalie Ashley Judd
Eric Jai Courteney
Max Mekhi Phifer
Christina Zoe Kravitz
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