Sunday, March 23, 2014


We went to see Divergent, the movie version of the young-adult SF novel. It's set in a dystopic Chicago - a future one.

My wife had a host of criticisms; she felt the characterization was thin and the plot was weak and the pacing was slow.

I couldn't argue with her, but I liked it anyway. I liked the theme. I liked the visuals.

Wikipedia explains the title, which has to do with a not-strictly-hereditary caste system: "When the time comes for Beatrice to take her aptitude test, the results are inconclusive: instead of fitting neatly into any one faction, she shows equal aptitude for three: Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. This makes her "Divergent" and she is warned never to share this information with anyone for fear of her life."

In the show, some divergents
emerge as insurgents.

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