“Divergent” lives up to books standards

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Zoe Wilson, Sub Design Editor

“Divergent” was first a book written by Veronica Roth and it was released in April 2011. The movie was released on March 21 into theaters.

The story takes place in post-apocalyptic Chicago after a war has ended. Everyone in the city is split up into five factions. Once a child turns 16 they participate in a test that will help them pick a faction even though in the end they can choose any faction. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) takes the aptitude-like test and gets three results, which is very uncommon. This is called divergent (hence the story name). When Beatrice joins a new faction she chooses to change her name to Tris so she could feel like a new person.

I read the book last summer and once I found out it was being made into a movie I immediately thought  “Oh great, another book that will probably be ruined by the movie”. However, I thought the directors did a good job transforming this book into a movie.

Of course, every movie will have something important missing, but if the movie makers had put everything from the book into the movie would have been 10 hours long. I think that one of the most important things they left out was a character, Uriah. Uriah becomes friends with Tris during training. The screenwriters believed there was not enough time to develop him in the first movie, but he will be featured in the second.

One of the things that really frustrated me was the fact that they cut out a scene on the ferris wheel. In the movie Tris and Four (Theo James) climb up the side of the ferris wheel and see the flag they are trying to capture (in a game of capture the flag). However, in the book one of the bars on the ferris wheel breaks and Tris is hanging off the side of it. Four then leaps down and starts the ferris wheel in an attempt to save her. After this they share a cute little lovey dovey moment like all of us girls really wanted. They did not even think to show this in the movie. The audience does not even get to see the moment where Tris is in realization that she really does like Four and she wants to try and develop a relationship.

One of the hardest parts of making a great movie is finding a cast that viewers would enjoy. After seeing Woodley in “The Secret Life on the American Teenager”, I felt that she wasn’t ready for a more popular. However, after watching it I felt that she had done the character justice and fulfilled.

Every movie like this needs a hot guy. I’m going to have a girly moment here, but can we just talk about how handsome Theo James is? He was definitely good to look at and let’s be real: the male love interest has to be easy on the eyes or tons of people wouldn’t consider seeing it.

But throughout the movie I noticed how unnatural some of the dialog sounded. In the movie there is a scene where Tris and Caleb (Ansel Elgort), her brother, have a hidden conversation in the Erudite headquarters. The camera angles switch often and the scene feels uncomfortable.

Woodley and Elgort play brother and sister in this movie but they play love interests in another movie “The Fault in Our Stars” which is being released  June 6. I had watched the trailer to The Fault in our Stars before seeing Divergent so I was used to them being in love. While I watched the movie it just seemed weird how they could be siblings in one and then be totally in love in another. They can’t really help being good actors I guess.

I also fell in love with the soundtrack of this movie. It was full of alternative artists like Ellie Goulding and Snow Patrol. Not soon after I saw the movie I went and bought the soundtrack and I haven’t stopped listening since.

“Divergent” earns a 8/10 rating. It had a great cast and a phenomenal soundtrack however leaving out some important scenes made me a little upset.