Divergent review (Neil Burger ,2014): the God complex.

For me divergent is another film franchise based on a book, extremely similar to The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012) and The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, 2014) , based around the government’s power  that our hero attempting to overthrow.  However, we keep watching as they are individual in a sense and have good narratives and engaging characters.


Divergent movie poster

Within Divergent  Chicago has been spilt into groups based on traits and personality ,  however, the  government has created a serum to control visions and essentially everyone lives but are heroin Triss (Shailene Woodley) has the ability to fight the serum and has given herself the responsibility to save everyone .

“I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.

I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled.”

― Veronica Roth, Divergent

Through the use of the fractions to control peace and the serum and its ability to control everyone, the idea of a God complex is created within the government, as science has provided them with the opportunity to remove free will. Therefore, if advancements similar to this situation are created, would the notion of playing God be a regular part of life.  On the other hand, if we think this through, it can be argued that this is already the case; due to the fact that we are being forced to do specific things because of the laws created by the government, for example we are forced into an education and to pay taxes, even though this can be for our own good, we are unable to refuse. Therefore, we can ask, do we really have free will because of the democracy we live in?

“Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.”

― Veronica Roth, Divergent

Enough of the philosophy lesson, even though divergent can cause us to think of the possibilities of the feature, the film is still action packed and full of clinches (moments of tension), with romance and murder, this is an ideal recipe for a Hunger games film… oh I mean Divergent film.  The film would make you ask yourself; what fraction would I be in? What book franchise are they going to turn into a film next for a large financial gain?  Wait are Hazel and Augustus now brother and sister?

If you have also seen The fault in our stars (Josh Boone,2014)our beloved Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley ) and  Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort ) are of course star crossed lovers BUT in Divergent they play brother and sister,  the fault in our co-stars! I think they could have casted this a bit different just to remove the idea of brother sister love.  However, overall the film is very enjoyable and holds a very strong fan base.

Triss and Caleb in the fault in our stars

Triss and Caleb in the fault in our stars

Check out my The Fault in Our Stars review 

The sequel, Insurgent is currently playing in cinemas! J

What fraction are you?


How have you not seen this?

deathbyapril- April Ely.


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