Mini-Review: Divergent

As with most young adult adaptations, Divergent runs through its course in a very straightforward manner. It comes off as a page-by-page presentation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel, highlighting major scenes with over-the-top music in an obvious attempt to convince people that those are character-building events. While I have other issues with the film (such as its lazy use of narration to set up the story at the beginning), I must admit that the whole premise is interesting. It was enough to keep me occupied for 133 minutes without much concern about how long it would last. The characters are one-note, but the two leads Shailene Woodley and Theo James give it their all. Not the best attempt to make a franchise out of a book, but certainly not the worst.

GRADE: C+

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