(This review may contain spoilers).
I haven’t actually read the book this film is based on, though I do now want to. I ended up taking my niece to see the film and she really liked it.
I also really liked this film. Dystopian genres aren’t unique, but the take in Divergent was a pretty interesting one. The film pulled me in right from the start and even my niece, who’s six years old and very lively, managed to sit still through a lot of the film.
I can’t say how true the film stayed to the book, but I felt it all worked really well. The characters were likable and I thought it was a good mix of actors. I thought they all did a really good job, even though there was only one I immediately recognised.
The film has a lot of action in it, but the story also moves along pretty well. There were some things I would have liked to see further explored, but on the whole, it was entertaining to watch and there were moments I found myself really concerned about what was going to happen to the characters next.
I want to read the book of this and I would like to watch this film again, so I’d say it does its job – at least on me. And my niece, who when it was over, replied with, ‘I loved it!’ when I asked her what she thought.