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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


theo james next movie
Divergent is many things. "Entertaining" is not one of them.

Divergent, based on the first novel in the young adult series, is an action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues.

For most of the film Shailene Woodley, a talented standout in The Descendants and The Spectacular Now, plays the main character Beatrice (Tris) as a quiet, contemplative girl who has to choose her faction and then compete to stay in it. Whether she’s in a dream sequence (yawn), an action sequence (just OK) or just staring at the ground (she’s as bored as I), I kept wondering exactly what Tris is thinking about.

There are a lot of storytelling problems with this movie and it just seems to be going through the motions.

As far as the stars: Shailene Woodley gets a pass, my fave Kate Winslet needs to return her Oscar for overacting and Theo James might just be a new star if he can remove his unintentionally funny tattoo — and remove himself from this 3-movie mess.

Simply put: The book has a lot of intriguing thoughts and suspense, but unless the heroine is thinking about these things, I couldn’t find them in the movie.

Award potential: None.

The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.

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