Review – Divergent

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The graveyard of films based on ‘young adult’ (YA) book properties is getting close to hanging up a ‘no vacancy’ sign with the arrival of Divergent. It’s based on a book series written by Veronica Roth and blah blah blah. We’ve heard these promises of glory before with Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The Host, but large book sales doesn’t guarantee a decent film. The Hunger Games managed to hit the sweet spot financially and critically while the Twilight saga’s massive bank haul disguised the smell of a rotting corpse. Divergent lands like a copy of one of those yellow self-help books ‘Dystopia for Dummies’ as it mashes together science fiction/fantasy tropes from the twentieth century with another female lead defined by her romantic aspirations rather than her actions.

In the distant future there has been a great war that has left behind the…

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