I haven’t read the Divergent books, which is a rare position for me to be in. I had read all the Harry Potters, all the Twilights and all The Hunger Games before seeing the movies, but I don’t think I made it though 20 pages of Divergent before wanting to move on to something else. That’s not a commentary on Vanessa Roth‘s prose, but a sign that Divergent is a bridge too far. This is a road we’ve been down, a story that’s been retold one too many times, and even though the details are different, they all basically add up the same whole: chosen one rebels against Draconian system and leads friends and comrades to a better future free of evil and oppression. (more…)
What evil hath Twilight, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter wrought?
As someone who sat through Divergent, the first entry in Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA trilogy which finds the post-apocalyptic citizens of Chicago in a sans Thesaurus existence, I honestly can’t imagine how there could be enough story in this series for three films, let alone enough to allow for the splitting of the final book into two separate motion pictures (which I’m sure will run over two hours apiece). But the YA adaptation business model now demands that all ultimate entries be divided into two installments so that they may steal all of the allowance your thirteen-year-old daughter has been bequeathed. No word on whether or not Satan’s minions will be waiting outside the door of each theater house, ready to take their blood as well (Lucifer, from what I hear, is only actually going to show up to the Hollywood premiere).
Some time ago, I applied for a management position at Staples (I was broke, unemployed and needed to pay rent — sue me). Following my interview, I was asked to take what was known as a “personality test”. Computer generated, the assessment was mostly comprised of statements like “I often cry in public” and asked me to answer either True or False. I never got a call back for that job, which irked me to no end. My resume was loaded with experience, my interview had gone great and I had even worn my best To Boot NYs, so all that was left to disqualify me was that stupid box, which apparently decided through some kind of complex algorithm that I did not contain multitudes. The post-apocalyptic society in Divergent operates on the same basic principal, placing each of its members into one of five shoddily defined groups using a combination of that same character exam and the Project MKUltra tests conducted by the CIA in the late 50s and 60s. It’s a central conceit so lunkheaded, I honestly am struggling with fathoming it being based on a popular, pre-existing Young Adult text.
Well, I think we’re at the point now where for the sake of a lot of producers we hope that Divergent doesn’t totally bomb. The movie, which is based on the worldwide best-seller by Veronica Roth , doesn’t come out for another month, but plans for the sequel are well underway, and now Robert Schwentke has been hired to helm it. Schwentke will take over from Neil Burger on Insurgent, the second of three films which is due in theaters in March 2015. (more…)
So, the trailer for Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, has hit the web, and it’s… meh. Obviously looking to capitalize on the futuristic dystopian theme that’s become so popular in The Hunger Games, Divergent seems a bit too similar, and even more farfetched. (more…)
Director Neil Burger‘s (The Illusionist) latest project, an adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent series of young adult adventure fiction, premiered its first trailer at the MTV VMA awards show over the weekend. It’s another of those Hollywood projects that got fast tracked after the success of The Hunger Games. Can this franchise capitalize on and capture a world audience or will it sputter out like so many others?
Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, 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.
The Divergent cast is rounded out by Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Pfeiffer, and Ashley Judd.
Have you read the series? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Divergent hits theater screens on March 21st, 2014. Will your butt be in a theater seat opening weekend?