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Divergent [Includes Digital Copy] [DVD] [2014]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2765 out of 2852)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentary with director Neil Burger
    • Audio commentary with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher
    • Deleted scenes
    • Marketing gallery

    Synopsis


    Divergent
    In a world where the population is divided into factions by personality types, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is classified as Divergent. When she uncovers a conspiracy to eliminate all Divergents, she teams with the mysterious Four (Theo James) to find out what makes the powers-that-be so frightened of them. Kate Winslet also stars in this action thriller adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth, and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Shailene Woodley
      Shailene Woodley - Tris Prior
    • Theo James
      Theo James - Four
    • Kate Winslet
      Kate Winslet - Jeanine Matthews
    • Ansel Elgort
      Ansel Elgort - Caleb
    • Ray Stevenson
      Ray Stevenson - Marcus



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2852 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      3.5 Stars and good enough for a sequel

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      MichaelO
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      While long removed from the film’s young adult target audience, I like a good movie. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for some science fiction opportunities. In a not particularly new premise established here, we are set in a somewhat distant future Chicago. The world, or at least Chicago, is in a crumbled state. We’re not sure what happened but the city is encircled in a giant electrified fence. The humans have been living and working together but in 5 unique and distinct sects. Each of the 5 are characterized by their primary human traits. For example Dauntless or The Brave are the warrior-soldiers who protect the population. Abnegation or The Selfless essentially run the government. Erudite or The Intelligent are the scientists, the thinkers. The others are Amity or The Peaceful and Candor or The Honest. I found it interesting that each faction had to have its own dictionary definition to go along with its name. Each year a group of teens are tested to determine which faction they are best suited for. They don’t have to go there - they can go anywhere - but there they must stay. Our heroine Beatrice/Tris (rising star Shailene Woodley) resides with her parents (Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn) and her teen brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) as part of Abnegation. After being tested by a sympathetic Tori (Maggie Q), it is determined that Tris has no specific faction she is cut out for. People like this are called Divergents and are considered problematic by the Erudite. These people are prime contenders to lead rebellions against the current way of life. Tori advises Tris to keep the results to herself. She would be in danger if found out. Once at the decision point, Tris surprises everyone by choosing Dauntless. She heads off for training immediately on the outskirts of the city. She and others who defect from other factions are placed under the training tutelage of Four (newcomer Theo James). The middle section of the film deals with the trials and tribulations of Tris’s adaptation to a soldier lifestyle, something she obviously isn’t prepared for. But she is determined and smart and then there is Four. He’s also smart, tough and real cute. The filmmakers don’t hide much, showing that Tris has a big crush on her trainer. The final act digs deeper into the Erudite’s desire to control both the government and the people. These means an overthrow of the Abnegation including Tris’s father who is a councilman. A serum has been developed in secret that will cause the Dauntless to mindlessly follow the orders of the controlling Erudite headed by Jeannine (Kate Winslet). Tris and Four are unaffected by the serum and work together to pull the plug. “Divergent” is an entertaining enough film. It will certainly draw comparisons to the “Twilight” franchise and more closely to “The Hunger Games.” Is there room for more? Well, we’ll see, but I suspect yes. Woodley and James work well together and are believable in their roles. Sequel(s) are coming. As far as this film. It is much better than any of the “Twilight” films, but falls short of “The Hunger Games” in terms of content and production value

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      OK at best but not a bad film.

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      Studio42
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      I had to get this for my child who was doing a compare/contrast between the book(which we got for her Kindle) and the film(which we bought on DVD since it was in the bargain bin). The movie wasn't bad, but it needed a more thorough backstory for it to completely make sense, hence read the book. This hurts some of the point to the secondary plot, which probably drives the series. Definitely a B-grade film. Probably had close to $10Million sunk into it and they did a fantastic job of stretching it without looking cheap. Had to have been shot on either digital video tape or digital media and not "film look" post processing, giving it a very "antisceptic" clean look that most people prefer for TV but not film. The film does merit a second viewing. With an understanding of the basic story and plot lines and no longer distracted by many of the very cool special effects and action sequences(often combined), you can really dig deeper and pick up the not as obvious elements, which while not immensely important, do add to not only an appreciation for the movie itself, but also to a greater understanding of the overall film. They did a decent job making this film stand alone, basically giving you nearly everything you need for enjoying the film. Still this isn't going to win awards. It's below the level of a mainstream film, yet is a step above most indy films. It almost seems like it was adapted from the book for a premium type cable-tv type service as a much hyped feature. This would be a perfect film for SCI-FI and a few other networks like that. Based on the price for the series on BluRay, if the price dropped a bit, I'd probably buy all 3 in the series. Maybe if there was a good priced boxed set would be nice if under $30. I'm saying "not recommending to a friend" only because I think this better appeals to those who read the book. Having the extra information really helps.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      There is only one choice, and it's Divergent!!!

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      Sarah1233
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      A lot of folks compare Divergent to Hunger games, and they're right! I saw this at the theater on opening week and wanted to go back, but never made it. So I've been waiting anxiously for it to come out on DVD. In the interim I began to wonder if I was going to enjoy it as much on the small screen. I've gotta say, I love it at least as much now as I did then, if not more. The characters are solid creations, the writing is fabulous, and even the sets are easily believable. You can look at this future Chicago and say "yeah, I could believe that's how things could look in 100 years. Shailene Woodley is fabulous as Tris. You can believe that this young woman is just that good, and has the strength and courage to face the things she does. And Tris' relationship with Four is genuine and strong, without it taking over the plot. Not to mention that Theo James, as Four, is a handsome young man! They learn that they can trust one another early on and that trust deepens throughout the movie. It's very nice to have a relationship that just grows, without the soap opera angst that you so often see in this type of movie. Kate Winslet, as Jeanine is a very low key, driven villain, quietly frightening as she creates her own version of hell on earth. One actress/role that I fell in love with instantly, was Ashley Judd, as Tris' mother, Natalie. She was very much the earth mother type, but shows her fangs and claws when things got rough. I just wish she had a bigger role in the movie! Finally, as this is the first role I've seen her in, I have got to say that Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet created quite a lovely, talented child in Zoe Kravitz ;) Finally, Jai Courtney, as Eric, is the embodiment of cold, heartless evil! I could go on and on, but I'll simply finish by saying, see this movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not a great representation of the book

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      JMed
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      This movie is an example of what happens when a director gets a book-movie and tries to cram too much into too short a time frame. As a person who read (and really liked) the book, the movie was disappointing. This movie is a hero origin myth. The story is actually pretty original though it is obvious that the movie makers were hoping to piggy back off of the success of The Hunger Games. Tris is no Katniss, and rightfully so. However, there are two distinct movements in this film, both of which deserve their own treatment. By putting these two movements in the movie, there are important plot points that are lost. Movie goers who see this movie without having read the book will be lost. Those who have read the book will be disappointed. There are too many connecting ideas that never make it into the movie and therefore make it very difficult to follow. That is really disappointing considering the acting in the film. The acting is pretty good all around. Tris and her mother are pretty spot on. Her father and brother are mostly forgotten, but they do a good job with the few lines they received. Four misses some cues, but I think the problem is the script, not the actor. The casting was good, though; they were all believable in their roles and mostly looked the part. If this were the third part of a trilogy, they would have split this movie into two movies to try and tell the whole story. They should have done this here, too. The script is simply not up to the demands of the source material. It is a shame that they wasted the story and the direction on this outline sketch of a movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      A boring version of the Hunger Games

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      CasualBestBuyShopper
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      I think you can tell how good this was by the speed with which it went to Netflix, Amazon, video, etc.. I know I wish I had the two hours of my life back that I wasted watching this video. Like David Letterman used to say, "People Are Hungry For Entertainment," and they must be. Poor character development, acting talent that was nonexistent, and a story? who knows. I think the writers were trying to develop something of a Hunger Games theme, but they appear to have missed the mark badly. And, there wasn't anyone with the strength of a Jennifer Lawrence to carry this story. Obviously, this movie must have appealed to someone, maybe the Young Adult market. However, I think that what this story lacks is the breadth of appeal that the Hunger Games had, it drew you in. This was too focused on the YA market, it lacked convincing execution and did not have the complexity to draw in a more mature audience. Of course this is why I recognize it as a "copy of", an "imitation of", a "knock-off of". I know I won't be viewing part II, that is if there is a part II, but I'm pretty sure there will be.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Geared towards younger adults

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      CookieMonsta
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      This movie is great overall. Leaves you in suspense and asking many questions about how things came to be in their world. While a very cliche story, (young adult coming into life, finds out shes unique, different and has to overcome the system of control becoming free willed to do whatever without anyone telling her otherwise), it's still entertaining overall. The main star/actress sometimes seems so confused, at least thats how i saw it in her face. Maybe she just doesn't convince me shes truly into the role and believes she is this character. However overall the movie provides plenty of entertainment, mystery, excitement, thrill, action and I think almost anyone could enjoy it. Expect a cliche love story and it felt forced/awkward. Give it a shot though! Minus my minor complaints that I can mostly see past, i left the theater, and after watching it again on bluray, I feel I can rate it 5 stars simply because it entertained enough to watch it more than once.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Fine if you Enjoyed the Book

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      VandyPrice
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      If Divergent is anything it is competent. Everything about it screams ambition; what it wants to be and the actual product itself shows it has the ability and the right amount of reverence for the source material to be successful in conveying the spirit of Veronica Roth's novel to the screen. The drawback is that while it is indeed capable and is able to make a suitable enough film for fans of the novel to more or less enjoy and pick apart, nothing about the execution of bringing this story to life screams exceptional or even, for lack of a better term in this case, divergent. I finished the first book in Roth's trilogy a few months back and have since moved on to the next one, but while I was suspicious of this new dystopian franchise with a young female heroine for the lead I was eventually able to look past the similarities between it and The Hunger Games and at least understand the merit people were finding in these stories.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Divergent: Screenwriting 101!

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      HudsonHawk
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      My wife wanted to watch these films because her kids at work are heavy into them, and she wants to keep up with such things. So of course I picked up the steelbooks, because if I'm gonna get them, the steelbook/digibook/etc collector in me is gonna get them right. The film itself looks and sounds nice enough, but it's certainly not for me. As the film went on I continually, partially just to annoy my wife, would pause before I knew something was about to happen and say what was about to occur, after it would she'd give me a "how'd you know?" look and I'd pause again, only to yell "Screenwriting 101!" That being said, I'm sure fans of the book enjoyed this film. She enjoyed it enough, though admitted she's a bit tired of having to watch all these teenage dystopian future pictures. I would recommend to a friend only if they have kids or are into the books themselves.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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