Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A movie that is captivating in every sense of the word.A

Last Tuesday, my wife and I saw perhaps the best movie this year, or for that matter the last several years.

The movie 'Divergent', based on the book by Veronica Roth.
Roth has created a world not so distant from our own and yet with its' own unique twists and turns.

The world is represented by Chicago, not the bristling, bustiling windy city we are familiar with but a city where there are no ports and where the main city is a walled city.  No one goes outside the wall and no one knows what is on the other side of the wall. 

Roths' world is one where individual freedoms have been replaced by  five factions. 

The Factions were created to place people in positions where they would serve society as a whole and by being in said faction avoid the conflicts that arose when people randomly worked without a structure or purpose that they would do for their entire life.

Each faction handles an aspect or responsibility that is necessary for society to function.  

Dauntless are a combination of police and military.  They are brave and fearless and are what I would call super Marines.  They are dedicated to defending their city and its people and will do what is necessary and follow any order to preserve the people.

Candor are people who always tell the truth, they can not lie it goes against their very sense of being.  They believe that truth is foremost and that deception and falsehoods lead only to conflict because people can not trust.

Abnegation.    The selfless, those who help those who can not help themselves, who vanish into the shadows and do for others without the idea or reward, for helping others is reward in itself.

Erudite  The intellectuals and politicians.  

Amity, The peaceful.

These are the five factions.  The group that you become part of after an IQ test at 16, that helps you determine your path, and a ceremony where by cutting your balm and bleeding onto a hot stone, you seal your place in society.

This is the setting for "Divergent", the problem with this ordered society... All is not as it should be, there are those who do not fit in, they can see beyond a single path or way.  They are divergent and they are the people who do the jobs no one else wants to do, but there is a problem.  

Yet these people pose a threat.  Why and how does Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) fit into this complex matrix?

That is just part of the complex tale that unfolds in this fast paced film.

A story told through mainly one family, the Priors' and two other main players, one a member of Dauntless only known as Four and  the other Jeanine Matthews played by Kate Wisnlet, best known as Rose in Titanic.  Winslets' part in "Divergent" is a dramatic departure and shocker.

There are plots within plots and plans within plans.  

You will be surprised by many of the events, if you have not read the book and if you have, you will be impressed by how well this book was adapted to the large screen.

Divergent is well worth the cost of admission and would be a film I would put on the short list for the Academy Awards, for Best Actor Actress, Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Screen Play and best Sound Track.

Ten Stars out of Five.  This film blows the lid off and makes you want more.  The good thing, with two more books in the series, we are guaranteed two more movies.

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