The latest flick from Summit Entertainment that hopes to be the next great YA film franchise. I doubt ‘Divergent’ will have the same success as ‘Twilight’ or ‘The Hunger Games’ but from several trusted book people I’ve talked with, Veronica Roth’s dystopian book series could be just that.
DIVERGENT is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless—the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet—deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world—or destroy it.
I started to read it, but haven’t made it that far into it, nor do I feel compelled to keep reading it. The trailer doesn’t do much for me, either, despite the stellar cast. Regardless, judging by the comments on YouTube, it seems like the fans feel this trailer hits it out of the park. Maybe the next trailer will show more of the stakes of the film. The why should we care about this story.
The movie was directed by Neil Burger, and it stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, and Zoë Kravitz. In theaters March 21st, 2014. [via geektyrant]