Hollywood is so laughably predictable. A film based on a YA triology about a brave heroine in a dystopian universe does well at the box office and they don’t think to themselves, “Wow. People really DO want to see a variety of diverse stories featuring young heroines!” Instead they think, “Wow. Young people want to see stories based on YA trilogies about brave heroines in a dystopian universe.”
And so we have Divergent, aka, The Hunger Games but with less fun wigs.
In this film’s version of the future, Chicago is the only city to have survived the apocalypse. (Totally believable. If they can survive their own winters, a little nuclear winter should be a snap.)
The whole population has been divided into factions—and it’s a bit like high school. There’s Erudite (the brains), Candor (the school narcs), Dauntless (the jocks), Amity (the hippie tree-huggers), and Abnegation (the student government). Basically, it’s The Breakfast Club goes dystopian. Our heroine, Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a member of Abnegation and, as well as being the governing faction, they’re known for their lack of vanity and selflessness.
Anyway, when a child turns 16 in this...