"You can''t choose where you've come from, but you can decide where you're going" - Unhinged Reviews
As a child in today's times, one is often steered and pushed to accept truths of a parent, group or culture, but ultimately you are the deciding force.
But what if you had no choice in the matter?
What if you were born into a society that demanded you fit into the square peg?
Would you conform or would you choose free will and become the "Divergent" ?
Well for one Tris Prior, freewill was the only choice and conforming was far from an option...
Welcome To Divergent
Divergent is a movie about a young woman growing up in a world that doesn't believe people should be able to choose their own existence. The world in which she grew up leaned more towards forcing people to pick one of five factions. One can decide to be a selfless servant, a truth seeker, a peacemaker, a thinker or a soldier.
The idea that one could be all five seemed mind boggling and a threat to authority. The reasoning behind this seemed to be: If one can think for themselves then they can't be controlled.
But what's wrong with the concept of free-will? Well, in a society that is fixed on placing people in boxes and stripping freedom of choice it can be nothing short of catastrophic.
Because if one free mind can began to think for themselves, it may entice others to break away from the system. If others break away from the system, then this would upset the balance and if the balance was upturned then chaos would ensue. Or so they thought....
Looks like it's up to Beatrice Prior(Woodley) to prove them all wrong and remind dystopian Chicago of just how priceless freewill can be.
There are a lot of interesting concepts within "Divergent" that are discussion-worthy, but the most engaging is Beatrice or Tris's daring to think differently.
When you watch "Divergent" you'll notice how people fear the idea of someone reading from their own script. Just the thought of someone doing things opposite from what's been done isn't even conceivable by the powers that be.
Funny thing about that is that we are living in a similar time when doing things differently causes a big uproar. Everything from jobs to someone's sexuality seems to throw the world for a loop. Is it that difficult to understand that we may not know everything and anything there is to know about the world?
Or are we too stubborn to even consider for a moment, we are wrong? If we were to point the finger at ourselves for even the most basic of things, how would the world change?
Would it be better? Worse? What do you think?
After Watching, "Divergent"
We are more than ready for "Insurgent"! The story as you now is based on a series of books dripped from the pen of Veronica Roth. Seems like writing a trilogy is the way to go if you want a movie deal these days. Just look at The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner or any one of many others.
So to wrap this up, we'll admit that we didn't go see "Divergent" in theaters because we figured it was more of the same. We were right to a point, but after watching it seems that Beatrice's story has it's own unique perspective that deserves exploration.
What did you think of the film? Are you planning to watch "Insurgent" ?
Thanks for reading...
A Few More Trilogies To Consider
Coming Soon: Insurgent