Running Time: 139 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
Divergent is smart, entertaining, thrilling, and grounded adaptation of yet another young adult book series. Shailene Woodley is very good, as Tris. She not only carries this film, but is the only character that the audience can identify with and relate to. The first half of this film is nearly perfect, as it is engaging, scary, and darkly comical. The second half does not follow suit, and features cheesy romantic scenes, cheap sets, embarrassing performances, and rips off fellow young adult book franchise The Hunger Games, almost not for note. Had the second half been as promising as the first half suggested it would, we would have an excellent young adult film, but director Neil Burger bogs the film down, with an overly crowded ensemble, and too many confusing subplots. Kate Winslet gives a career worst and embarrassing performance as Jeanine Matthews, and the action sequences feel rushed. This is a good start for the soon to be franchise, and Shailene Woodley is great in the main role.