It is the future. In order to preserve what is left of society, leaders have chosen to break it down into factions. Every person undergoes a test at the age of sixteen to determine the faction in which they belong. In the ideal society, each person has a tendency towards a particular faction. Some people are peaceful and happy, others are intelligent, and still others are built to be the fighters and protectors.
Beatrice takes the test at age sixteen. What happens when she does is totally unexpected: she shows an aptitude for more than one faction. The test proctor tells her that she is divergent and that she is not to tell anyone.
When it comes time to choose a faction she chooses to become part of the dauntless faction. These are the protectors and fighters of the society. They fear nothing. As she goes through initiation she begins finds others that are divergent.
War comes as people realize that society cannot be so easily classified and people want to survive. What will happen to Beatrice and her divergent friends? Can they survive? Will war destroy society or simply turn it in another direction? Divergent is an action packed, psychological science fiction movie.
The first "Insurgent" trailer is here, and it's...a little weird. Really, it's more than a little weird. Rather than set up the plot of the next movie, this teaser-like trailer gives us one particular scene from the "Divergent" sequel. But the dream-like nature of it suggests that it doesn't exactly take place in the real world. In the trailer, Tris leaps across buildings and climbs to attempt to save her mother from a burning house. Of course, those who saw the first movie will know why this is a problematic sequence.
If you thought that zip-lining through the ruins of a futuristic Chicago was cool, wait until you see the new "Divergent" sequel. "Insurgent," the second movie in the YA movie franchise, is set to release in both 2D and 3D, according to Lionsgate. Additionally, the movie's marketing campaign will feature "3D interactive movie posters," whatever that means. "The second film in the Divergent franchise takes the story and action to another level, and by partnering with RealD, we were able to blend gripping performances and mind-blowing spectacle to create a unique event on screen," producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher said in the announcement.
Say hello to your new Factionless leader! Naomi Watts has been cast in a major role in the upcoming "Divergent" sequels, as confirmed by THR. Watts' role will be that of Evelyn, the woman who becomes the leader of the Factionless, the population in the series' dystopian future who were not selected into, or failed out of, one of the city's five factions. The character of Evelyn has personal ties to some of the main protagonists, and the Factionless become a larger factor in the near-future Chicago's political landscape after the events of "Divergent," so Watts will have a part in not only "Insurgent," but also the two parts of "Allegiant.
Although it's performed respectably at the box office, "Divergent" has yet to prove that it's the launch of a new blockbuster young-adult film franchise. That's not stopping its producers from following the current practice of thoroughly milking the promise of any new book-based movie franchise. This week, Lionsgate head Michael Burns announced that "Allegiant," the episode of the franchise based on the final book in Veronica Roth's trilogy, will be split into two movies.
The dystopian future YA movie market is approaching critical mass, what with "The Hunger Games" gearing up for its final two movies and a whole new series starting soon with "The Maze Runner." But don't let that stop you from seeing "Divergent." For those who haven't read the book, here's the story: Beatrice Prior is a teenager living in a futuristic dystopian Chicago, where the citizens have been divided up into five factions as determined by a mandatory aptitude test.
"Divergent" played according to the rules on its opening weekend, living up to expectations for the most part, but the rest of the box office race for the weekend was characterized by a few surprises. The first film in a planned trilogy, "Divergent" was expected to be the first successful young-adult franchise launcher since "The Hunger Games," and it looks like it's turning out to be just that. The film took in $22.8 million on Friday, and it's on track to draw over $50 million for the weekend.