Review: Divergent (Divergent movies #1)

Review: Divergent (Divergent movies #1)Divergent * by Neil Burger
Series: Divergent movies #1
Also in this series: Insurgent *, Allegiant *
Released by Summit on 3 April 2014
Genres: Dystopia
Length: 2h 19m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madden, Jai Courtney.

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In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.

So, this is one of the movies I had really wanted to see this year. Mainly because I absolutely LOVED the book. And wow, the movie was amazing as well!

The story of Divergent happens in a Dystopian Chicago, and I honestly thought it was beautifully done. The way the buildings looked like in the outer part of the city, a massive ship that was just outside the fence, it was awesome! This review might have some minor spoilers in it, if you haven’t seen the movie yet!

What I loved:

I loved all the futuristic ‘stuff’, the way the aptitude test was done, all the computers and technology. I really liked the way the tattoo’s were done, because I think that way might not have hurt at all. My favourite scene was the capture the flag part, they ditched the paint ball guns, and used guns with bullet wound simulator thingies (I have no idea what they are called), which basically simulate the pain of a real bullet wound. I liked that, because that felt more Dauntless to me than just ordinary paint ball guns.

There was a voice over at the beginning and the end of the movie, in the beginning it was Tris explaining about the factions, which is good for people who haven’t read the book.

The Dauntless living area looked amazing, though different from what I expected. I had expected a lot of stone/rock, but it was more concrete/metal like. But I just loved the way it looked. The pit looked amazing, the tattoo parlor felt a bit like an awesome bar where you could also get a tattoo and the chasm looked scary and awesome at the same time.

What I didn’t love:

There were only a couple of tiny things that I didn’t like. Like the fact that at some scenes, there was music with text, which is something I just don’t like in movies. It completely distracts me from the scene, and yeah, I just don’t like it.

And I personally thought the actors who played Will, Al and Peter looked a lot alike, I got very confused during some scenes because I thought she was talking to Peter, while she was actually talking to Will or Al. Of course, it’s not their fault, maybe I’m just not very good at seeing the differences.


I thought it was a very good movie adaption, though of course there were some minor differences. There was only a small group of initiates named (Tris, Christina, Will, Al, Molly (though her name wasn’t really said in the movie), Peter); none of the Dauntless born initiates were named, so the zipline scene was different (but still very beautiful, also I saw Veronica).

And of course, with only a small group of initiates being named, Edward wasn’t really there, thus the whole eye-stabbing scene was not there, and I had kind of wanted to see that (just to show the public that Peter is a little shit and he totally deserved being shot by Tris near the end of the movie/book). And the fact that it was Tris and not Christina who got the flag with capture the flag.

And the ending (mainly the simulation shut-down scene) was different, but I liked the movie version as well as the book version (in fact, I think I might like the movie version a tiny bit better, because more action), I thought it was very well done, and there was one part where I cheered a bit. View Spoiler »

In the end, I loved Divergent. And I think it really deserves a spot between Catching Fire and The Hobbit in the category of ‘My favourite book-to-movie adaptions’!