By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Given the success of the novel-to-movie Hunger Games series produced by studio Summit Lionsgate, it’s no surprise to see them behind the wheel on Divergent’s cinema debut. After all, it’s yet another science-fiction, dark young adult series that’s been wildly successful! Considering that the author of the novel series, Veronica Roth, sold 455,000 copies of the third book, Allegiant, on day one, this movie’s going to make megabucks.
In Divergent’s futuristic Chicago setting, youth are forced to follow the rules and be defined by society. The main character, Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior (played by Shailene Woodley), fails the test that determines whether she’s meant to join one of the five main factions: the Dauntless (brave), Erudite (intelligent), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), or Abnegation (selfless).
Because Tris does not easily fit into any of the five factions, that makes her a Divergent, and it means she’s a threat to the system. In fact, Kate Winslet’s character, Erudite faction leader Jeanine Matthews, says, “The future belongs to those who know where they belong.” And for those who don’t? Matthews declares, “Divergents threaten the system. It won’t be safe until they are removed.” To stay alive, Tris joins the Dauntless faction that values bravery, and meets Four (played by Theo James). Four reveals that he too is secretly Divergent, saying, “I don’t want to be just one thing. I want to be brave and selfless and intelligent and honest and kind.”
The director of the film, Neil Burger, talked about staying true to the book’s toughness. “I wanted it to look real. I wanted to shoot on the streets of Chicago where it takes place. There are some futuristic touches to it, but it is real.” As for Tris’s story, Burger hopes it will inspire audiences. “She goes on this incredible journey from being just a regular person like all of us to kind of this [strong] warrior who gets put in this really difficult situation.”
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