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The Divergent Series Movie Review: Who Will You Be Loyal to?

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The Divergent Series is a Sci-fi Saga adapted from the young adult novel series by Veronica Roth.

It qualifies as an apocalyptic movie, where the world ended and a few people survived to live by new rules in the post-apocalyptic.

The films featured a cast comprising some awesome actors like Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, and Bill Skarsgard. The starring role is Shailene Woodley.

Divergent was directed by Neil Burger. Both Insurgent and Allegiant by Robert Schwentke.

Brief Overview of The Divergent Series

The Divergent Series includes three movies. Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant in that particular order.

Genre: Science Fiction,

Setting: Futuristic Chicago City revenge, survival, woman power

Audience: 16+

Warnings: sensitive scenes that may be disturbing to some, death, violence

Themes: family ties, betrayal, loyalty, conformity, discrimination, technological advancement

The Overall Storyline of the Divergent Series

The franchise revolves around the struggles in a futuristic world where people are divided into factions based on their traits and abilities.

The five factions are Erudite, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Abnegation.

The main character is Beatrice also referred to as “Tris.” She has to conceal her faction since she falls in a category that is most targeted because of her unique status.

The Divergent Series exposes the state of our society today where we classify people by various abilities and traits, and if you cannot fit into any of the labels you might feel like you do not belong. The comfort comes when you meet people who are like you.

This statement by Beatrice sums up the Divergent Series in its entirety:

“I don’t want to be just one thing. I can’t be. I wanna be brave, I wanna be selfless, intelligent and honest and kind.”

Divergent (2014)

The story in Divergent is told by a female narrator in the background about a city divided into factions after the rest of the world was destroyed.

  1. Erudite: the smart one who value knowledge and logic, they know everything
  2. Amity: farm the land, kindness, and harmony, always happy
  3. Candor: value honesty and order
  4. Dauntless: our protectors, soldiers, and police. Brave, fearless, and free
  5. Abnegation: the others call them “stiffs.” They lead a simple life, selfless, dedicated to helping others, feed the factionless. They are public servants, trusted to run the government.
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Then, there are the “factionless” who don’t fit in anywhere. And, "the future belongs to those who know where they belong."

There’s an art to losing yourself.

To determine which faction a person is, they go through tests at the age of 16 years. The system threatens families because some have been raised in one faction but have to move on to another if the tests determine so.

Beatrice’s results are inconclusive. She shows traces of several factions that she can fit in.

She is Divergent, which is extremely rare and the guys in charge are often after them. Therefore, she has to keep her status a secret.

Happens there are some rivalries, erudite think they should be the ones leading and they are attacking the leader, Marcus who is in Abnegation, whose son defected

Although the test showed them who they are best suited to choose, they are told to freely choose on their own where they want to be.

Beatrice is fascinated by the Dauntlesss whose faction involves a lot of action and they look happy and like they have a lot of fun.

She is asked her name, told she can pick a name but only once. She says she is Tris. Along with the others, they need 10 weeks of training at Dauntless, in the Pit.

It’s hard to let go. Faction before blood.

Everything is going well with a few challenges here and there, but here’s a fear test that threatens to expose her secret. Also, some people who learn about her secret threaten to expose her.

Some believe the conflict in this futuristic world is against human nature. Hence, human nature makes people lie, keep secrets and steal, thus, it's the enemy.

But they found themselves and each other.

"Tomorrow we may have to fight again. But for now, we’ll ride the train to the end of the line and then, we’ll jump…"

The choice of instrumental music in the movie is amazing and just gets the viewer into the moment.

It’s a fun movie to watch as the story flows, and each scene has valuable input to the plot.

The costumes are marvelous, increasing the risk of getting glued to the screen.

Sometimes it’s heartbreaking, and sometimes you are happy for the main character’s wins. Divergent ends with a cliffhanger, making the viewer long for the next movie.

The ending of Divergent, paired with the accompanying song ":Beating Heart" by Elli Goulding, is enough evidence of an exceptionally crafted movie.

The lyrics are in perfect synchronization with the story: "I don’t know where I am going but I know it’s gonna be a long time, I’ll be leaving in the morning, I wanna hear your beating heart tonight."

Definitely, an exciting start to The Divergent Series.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars for Divergent (2014.)

Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

Insurgent picks up from where Divergent ended. They had found asylum at Amity, the kind harmonious people until a villain orders for a search for Divergents within the village.

One of the guys, who likes to provoke and taunt Tris, gives them up and a dangerous state of affairs ensues as they try to escape.

Tobias finds his mother. She leads the factionless. She has the same thoughts as Tris, wants to kill Janine. But Tobias questions her motives is just to seek power for herself.

They live for Candor to find the other Dauntless. Now the Erudites have created a machine that can detect factions in percentages, making escaping them tougher.

Beatrice's brother, an Erudite, decides he is not like them. You could see from the way he was running and watching her being beat while frozen on the spot.

You cannot save everyone.

Meanwhile, his mother and the factionless have found a way to remove the monitors. Tobias’ father was abusive to both of them.

Only Tris can open the box found when her mother had hidden it and protected it.

Apparently, her parents had secrets of their own as well and had managed to hide them successfully for a long time.

There’s some thrilling chase and run scenes in this movie. I liked that the role of the female villain is brilliantly portrayed.

You will watch some fantasy, dreams and out-of-this word experiences stimulating to watch.

We learn more about the other characters’ lives in this movie, and also new characters are introduced to keep the story going. I have not read the books from which this movie was derived, but after watching this, my interest is piqued.

And again as in Divergent, we get a fantastic song-movie combination at the end scene of the Insurgent movie: "Holes in the Sky" by M83 ftHAIM and "Blood Hands" by Royal Blood.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars for Insurgent (2015.)

You have to forgive yourself.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

Allegiant starts by revealing a message in the box from beyond the wall.

Tobias' mother is on a quest for power, she tells him she is doing it for him.

Caleb awaits trial, by the people which shows imminent death.

Peter… a funny character always willing to change sides for the sake of his survival.

Tobias' mother, Everlyne now rules, and orders people not to cross the wall.

Tory helps them (Beatrice and her friends) to find tools to get across the wall.

What they find beyond the wall is not what they expected. After all, the message in the box was left 200 years ago.

Great leaders don’t seek power, they are called by necessity.

We get introduced to The Providence. The bureau (where David is the director) is the fringer, out in the red desert.

Apparently, there is a mysterious council, who decides everyone’s fate of which is David the director. They have full surveillance of Chicago.

Tris is needed for more scientific study as other Divergents are damaged. She is the only one who isn’t. So, there are still divisions here: the pure and the damaged based on genetics and engaged in a quest to regain human nature.

Tris unveils her mother’s past, but can she trust them to hold their side of the bargain? Tobias or Four has his misgivings.

Tris is still highly opinionated and determined to change society. She believes human beings cannot be categorized in that way.

It's time to start "embracing everyone instead of dividing them into groups, regardless of whether they are pure or they are damaged."

Will she manage to take on this heavy task? And will the revelations change her? All this is fed to the viewer on the third sequel of the Divergent Franchise, Allegiant.

This movie has a shallow and slow plot compared to the other two, and is not so close to the book. However, I also liked the song at the end of Allegiant, Scars by Tove Lo. IT summarises the entire Divergent Series in a few words.

"Scars we carry, carry with memories, memories burned by the dark, try to see clearly, tears we bury, bury in vain cause the pain got us falling apart, try to see clearly, now let the healing start…"

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars for Allegiant (2016.)

You want change, without sacrifice. You want peace without struggle. The world doesn’t work like that.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

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