Monday, March 24, 2014
Vernal Viewing: Divergent
Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young woman who has parents in the caring clan (they all have names but my memory isn't that good) that run the government. Since she was a young girl she's dreamed of joining the Dauntless aka the wild boys who run free and protect the city. Her test results show she's Divergent, which means she isn't just one trait, she's all of them and better. But she has to hide it or risk being hunted down and killed as being different is a threat to the society leaders run by Titanic's Kate Winslet. On the day of faction choosing, Tris goes against her parents' wishes and joins Dauntless, where she meets James Franco's athletic older brother Four (Theo James), who along with Eric (Jai Courtney), train all the new recruits and select how and where they'll end up serving. Tris pushes herself physically and mentally to be accepted into the clan but her Divergent powers begin to show themselves in later phases of mental training. Soon, all heck breaks loose as Winslet plans a coup d'état to overthrow the current governing body, drugs the Dauntless to become her personal army and begins her quest to wipe out any objectors. Tris, with the help of her parents and a few rebels, fight back and save the day.
On the negative side, Miles Teller and Jai Courtney's unimpressive performances basically spell doom for their future portrayals of Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four reboot and Kyle Reese in the new Terminator series. Teller plays a bully here but seriously, who wouldn't slap that weak chinned, K.D. Lang lookalike in the face and send him crying? Then Courtney, from Die Hard 5 fame, continues his hard man/brute routine only this time with a Macklemore haircut. Kyle Reese is a sensitive action hero who gave up his life for love. I just don't see Courtney being able to pull that off. Oh and also, for future Chicago, there's two Asians and I don't think any Latinos. This was strictly a white people party with a few black guests future. Most of Tris' contemporaries are young, white males with brown hair, so when one of them is revealed to be a threat, you can't even tell which one he is.
Getting the early buzz going: