"Divergent" hits theaters in less than an hour and already it is a trending topic on twitter. Releasing at IMAX and regular theaters, this sci-fi action film takes place in the year 2164 in Chicago and is exhaustively similar to "Hunger Games" with action scenes reminiscent of the Matrix and a plot not unlike "Harry Potter" movies. It is based on a book series written by Veronica Roth, a woman who was inspired to write it while attending college.
Is this film too late?
With the successful release of "Hunger Games" and this film’s similarities, some local Miami viewers ask “Is it too late?” A father of two and wife saw the trailer while leaving “300: Rise of an Empire” exclaimed “I loved Hunger Games but this film should have been released first. Now the genre is a little watered down and everyone is going to be comparing Divergent to Hunger Games.”
The film may top charts this weekend above “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” fighting for the number one spot. “Divergent” is aimed at teenagers while the two films aforementioned are not so appealing to teens. “Divergent” envelopes relentless romance that results in nothing and is strikingly familiar to the “Twilight” films.
Will this movie be worth the watch?
For those viewers who have read the books, this film may seem like a real treat! For those who have not, however, “Divergent” comes across as confusing, redundant and familiar. Aside from a seemingly predictable ending and lack of craft, the film seems to lack depth and unique qualities that audiences yearn for with recent remakes flooding the box office. Still, due to the book being a best seller, this film does not have to do much to win this weekend at the box office.
Here is a synopsis of the film per the official website:
In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
Yes, there will be a sequel as this is based upon a three books.
Worth the IMAX rate?
The cast includes:
Shailene Woodley as Beatrice "Tris" Prior
Theo James as Tobias "Four" Eaton
Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior
Ray Stevenson as Marcus Eaton
Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews
Zoë Kravitz as Christina
Maggie Q as Tori
Mekhi Phifer as Max
Jai Courtney as Eric
Director: Neil Burger who also directed "Limitless"