From book to feature film, Divergent is sure to wow

I usually look at books and films as two separate pieces.

It’s hard to cram 200 plus pages into a convenient two-hour movie, but with author Veronica Roth coproducing “Divergent” the director Neil Burger managed to do a beyond amazing job.

“Divergent” stars Shailene Woodly as Tris and Theo James as the infamous Four. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic city that’s been cut off from the rest of the world. Tris must take a test in order to determine which of the five factions she will be with for the rest of her life. Only one problem: she isn’t just one faction, she’s three and what they call Divergent.

The five factions are Abnegation, the selfless, Erudite, who rely on knowledge, Candor believing in truth, Amity, the peaceful faction, and lastly Dauntless, the brave.

Tris chooses Dauntless because, as the guards of the city, their bravery intrigues her. The climax occurs when the Erudite takes over the Dauntless and tries to wipe out Abnegation in order to rule over the city.

Because Tris is Divergent, she’s immune to the takeover simulation Dauntless is under, but she then becomes the target on Erudite’s radar.

Unlike “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” seems much more plausible. The director and producers did a wonderful job of adding just enough romance and danger to keep any audience captivated.

The acting is good, the storyline solid, and Four is some serious eye-candy. Compared to the book, the movie was almost dead on. I wish they’d have developed the relationship between Christina, Tris, and Will had. I think they did a good job casting as well.  All in all, the movie was worth the watch. I’d definitely see it again and will probably buy it when it is released.