‘Divergent’ Review: Critics Say Movie Isn’t as Good as the Book [Video]

A new film about a teen girl trying to survive a post-apocalyptic world is coming to the big screen. Let’s see what the critics think.

The upcoming action-adventure movie “Divergent”, based on the best-selling novel by Veronica Roth, hit theater this weekend and is expected to be something great.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic Chicago in which the culture has been divided into five factions: Abnegation, who believe in altruism; Amity, the peaceful ones; Erudite, the intellectuals; Candor, the bluntly honest; and Dauntless, the fearless warrior class. Those who don’t fit into any of the groups are Divergent — and considered dangerous.

The “Divergent” main protagonist, the 16-year-old Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, after an aptitude test to find the most appropriate faction for her personality, discovers that she’s “Divergent,” with equal aptitude for more than one faction.

Against the warnings of the tester and, of course, her parents will, Tris chooses the Dauntless faction, joins a boot camp, where she meets Four (Theo James), one of the camp leaders and her soon to be love interest. Soon Tris discovers a sinister plot under way and must try to stop it.

The cast of the movie that comes from Lionsgate, the same studio behind the highly successful “Hunger Games” franchise, also includes Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Maggie Q and Kate Winslet.

However, “ Divergent” is not as successful among critics as the glorious “Hunger Games”, when it were first released. The movie has only received a 26 percent rating on movie review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes.

Matt Patches of IGN, who described Divergent as “a rip-off,” saying “cobbled together by director Neil Burger and writers Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, Divergent is the eighth Xerox of a shuffled stack of random pages ripped from Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games screenplays. There isn’t an inspired design, dash of creative world-building or original emotional beat in the 139 minutes of this tedious trilogy-opener.”

Lou Leminick of New York Post said “‘Divergent’ is a clumsy, humorless and shamelessly derivative sci-fi thriller set in a generically dystopian future.”

Talking about the cast performance, Leminick says that “Woodley does reasonably well with her underwritten part,”  as well as her co-star in “The Spectacular Now’’ Miles Teller, who “has a couple of good scenes as a Dauntless trainee who tries to bully Tris, but Zoë Kravitz and Ben Lloyd-Hughes have little but reaction shots as her pals in the faction.”

The TIME Mike Ryan calls it “impossible to ignore the overwhelming sense that we’ve seen all this before, only with better execution,” and says that “Woodley’s performance is wasted on what is starting to feel like a young-adult novel action-movie template, as opposed to a movie that at least attempts to explain why we should care about what’s happening on the screen.”

Overall, the movie is “compelling enough to not be a complete waste of time, and fosters bigger ideas which, one hopes, will come to fruition in future films.”

The book series, which also includes the sequels “Insurgent” and “Allegiant,” has sold more than 10 million copies. More importantly, it’s got that powerful fan base. There are several fan sites devoted to the series on the Internet, and Roth has more than 200,000 Twitter followers.

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